Armarnath pilgrims our guests, inform them correctly about Kashmir: Shabir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/12/2017 10:46:35 AM

SRINAGAR, Jun 11: Senior separatist leader and president of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, today said Amarnath yatris are the guests of Kashmiris and provided the best hospitality as per the age old tradition.
In a statement, he also favoured informing the pilgrims correctly about Kashmir. “Amarnath Yatris are our guests who are unaware of the reality of Kashmir. They are fed with misinformation by the propaganda of Indian media against Kashmir,” Shah said.
He stressed on the trade bodies, tourist industry, and hoteliers of south Kashmir to continue with their age-old tradition of providing the best hospitality to Yatris and also make them aware about the reality of Kashmir issue and what the peace-loving people of this place demand from India.
“The Yatris need to be taken care of and be told that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have no enmity with the people of India but they only want their birth right of freedom like India demanded from British,” he said.
Shah said the people of Kashmir should tell Yatris how government of India and state government are killing innocents and destroying properties here. “We should tell them that we are subjected to such atrocities and oppression which even British did not unleash against the people of India. We should tell them that Kashmiris have witnessed hundreds of massacres like Jalianwala Bagh. We should tell them that thousands of our youth are picked up away in broad day light and subjected to enforced disappearance and also how hundreds of our youth including innocent children were killed, blinded, and maimed in 2016,” he said.
The DFP chairman asked people to tell Amarnath Yatris that if the people of India had the right of freedom during British rule, how is it a crime for the people of Jammu Kashmir.
Shah said the need to make aware Yatris was felt as they have been misinformed about the reality of Kashmir and its struggle by Indian agencies, saffron brigade and its biased media. “So it is our job to present the real picture of our struggle before them and aware them of the historical background of this dispute,” he said.
“We also need to tell them about the mistreatment and harassment meted out to our students studying in various parts of India. We have to narrate our ordeals to the Yatris but should bear in mind that the pilgrims should not face any kind of hardship throughout the course,” Shah added.



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