PoK leader Shabir Choudhry quits Kashmir National Party

He has resigned from all positions of the party and will have no association with the KNP or its decisions, he said in a release.

By: PTI | London | Published:November 15, 2016 5:09 pm

PoK leader Shabir Choudhry has resigned from the Kashmir National Party asserting that he would not surrender to “the ISI and their stooges”. UK-based Choudhry started his struggle for united and independent Jammu and Kashmir in 1973 and helped to form the Kashmir Youth Movement. Later on he helped to form Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in 1977; and served as its secretary general and president.

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After serious differences with the JKLF, Choudhry and many other colleagues left to form the new party called Kashmir National Party (KNP). He has resigned from all positions of the party and will have no association with the KNP or its decisions, he said in a release.

However he expressed his determination to continue his struggle against forces of occupation, terrorism, extremism and religious intolerance in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Choudhry said, “Resignation from KNP does not mean my struggle against injustice, and oppression has ended, or I will surrender to ISI and their stooges”.

“My issue with ISI and Pakistan is not only related to Identity Card; they occupy my motherland. I want this occupation to end. I can’t go to my village without entering Pakistan. The system Pakistan has imposed on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir requires identity card to operate a bank account,” he said.

“In every walk of life people need this card. Police can stop me anywhere and if I can’t produce a valid ID card I could be arrested. Still some fools ask why you need a Pakistani ID card. I don’t want a Pakistani ID card. I need a Kashmiri card and for that Pakistan must pack its bags and go home,” Choudhry said.