February 2003 News

Shabir Shah, 12 Others Detained

10 February 2003
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabbir Ahmad Shah and 12 others were today detained at Sonawar for violating prohibitory orders. Shah along with party supporters had come to the United Nations Military Observer Group (UNMOG) office at Sonawar to present a memorandum for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urging him to help resolve the Kashmir issue. After Shah refused to leave, he was detained along with 12 other supporters by the police before he could present the memorandum at the UNMOG office. The processionists were raising pro- freedom slogans. The memorandum appealed to Annan to use his good offices to resolve the Kashmir dispute peacefully, once for all. 'We have been bringing to your notice the urgency of resolving this vexed issue before it can take a serious turn and engulf entire South- Asia,' the memorandum said. It also appealed Annan to ask the Centre to hand over the remains of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat to the people of the state. Earlier, a demonstration was held outside the DFP office at Rajbagh demanding shifting of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat here from Tihar Jail. Bhat was hanged to death and later buried in Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984.


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