Democracy a farce in Jammu Kashmir’  Shabir Shah’s continuous house arrest...

Democracy a farce in Jammu Kashmir’  Shabir Shah’s continuous house arrest act of ‘political vengeance’: Freedom Party

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Srinagar,February 17,2017 CNS: The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Friday expressed strong resentment over the continuous house arrest of its chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah saying the pro-freedom is not allowed to even offer the congregational Friday prayers.

In a statement issued to press, DFP secretary general Moulana Abdullah Tari said Shah has spent 30 years of his life in jails and the administration by incarcerating him is resorting to “political vengeance.”

Criticising authorities, Tari said such “undemocratic” acts puncture the balloon of the so-called ‘battle of ideas’. He said through such actions, the administration “has validated our point that there is no such thing as ‘freedom of religion’ in the state”.

Giving details of Shah’s incarceration period, Moulana said from 2011 till date, Shah has been in police detention or under house arrest for a period of 41 months and during this time he was barred from offering 235 Friday and 12 Eid prayers. “During this period, many of Shah Sahib’s close relatives passed away but he wasn’t allowed to attend the last rites,” he said.

The DFP secretary general said, “People still remember the dramas this (ruling) class used to enact before it received power in charity from New Delhi. They still remember how these people used to visit door-to-door, shed crocodile tears, and vehemently criticise the then rulers for launching crackdown on the resistance leadership. Now, PDP itself proved that there is not an iota of difference between the Sheikh and Mufti families as both are servants of New Delhi.”

“Those who used to make big promises of starting the double currency, self-rule, and dialogue with the resistance leadership have forgotten everything after coming to power.”

He said PDP by entering into “unholy” alliance with BJP has proven its government to be the most “useless” and “selfish one as for power it turned the whole State into a virtual jail.”

Moulana Tari also condemned the continuous house arrest of APHC chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai saying the democracy is Jammu Kashmir is nothing but a “farce”.

He expressed concern over the continuous arrest of leaders, district presidents, and activists of various resistance parties saying dozens of Freedom Party leaders and activists from Shopian, Kulgam, Islamabad, and Chenab Valley continue to be behind bars.

He also condemned the detention of party leaders and activists including Maulana Abdul Qayoom, Khursheed Ahmad Bagwan, Ghulam Mohammad, Abdul Rasheed, Mohammad Amin, Ishfaq Ahmad Kotwal, Mohammad Shafi, Bashir Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad and Abdul Rehman.

Meanwhile, Shabir Shah expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives due to bomb blast in Sehwan, Karachi, Pakistan, in which nearly 100 people were killed and several injured.

He said the government of Pakistan should identify the culprits and bring them to book as the country is continuously targeted.

He also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.