Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) president Shabir Ahmad Shah on Tuesday “blamed the Centre for the failure” of the NSA talks with Pakistan, saying “the world is disappointed on the stand taken by India”.
“The world is disappointed on the stand taken by India which led to the cancellation of the NSA talks. Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute and India is bound according to the UN security council resolutions to hold a referendum in the state,” Shah told reporters here.
Questioning the statement of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the eve of NSA talks with Pakistan, Shah, who parted ways with moderate Hurriyat last year to form another faction of the separatist amalgam, said “Kashmiris are the basic party to the dispute between India and Pakistan and not the third party.
“If we were not the relevant then why New Delhi had sent a delegation to meet us during the 2010 summer unrest? Then Union Minister P Chindambaram came to meet me in the Jail. The other delegation members including Swaraj visited the homes of other leaders including Yasin Malik, S Ath S Geelani and Mirwaiz and talked with them,” he said.
He said during the previous NDA government led by A B Vajpayee, the then government’s point-man K C Panth came here with a letter expressing government’s willingness to enter into a dialogue with the separatists.
“We exchanged letters with New Delhi and the proof lies with us. We are not weak and not afraid of dialogue,” he said adding Kashmiris have rendered numerous sacrifices over the past 68 years for the resolution of the problem.
He claimed Kashmiris would not “accept any resolution under the framework of Indian constitution.”
Drawing the parallel between the Kashmiri militants and the heroes of India freedom struggle like Bhagat Singh, Shah said, “we have been fighting for the right of self-determination before the onset of militancy.”
Even United Jehad council, a PoK-based amalgam of various militant groups, supported the dialogue provided India accept Kashmir a disputed territory and initiate serious
dialogue with the “freedom loving leadership”, he claimed.
“All outstanding issues between India and Pakistan are linked with Kashmir. Whether it is Siachen or tension along the borders. Why India is escaping from the dialogue?
“If it feels its case is strong, it should immediately implement the 18 UN resolutions passed on Kashmir,” Shah said and reiterated his resolve to continue the ongoing freedom struggle to ensure that the sacrifices do not go “waste”.