Sheikh Abdullah unchained Kashmiris from pangs of slavery: Begum Khalida Shah

Says Amit Shah won’t succeed in dividing J&K, slams Lal Singh for threatening Kashmiri journalists

Srinagar, Jun 27 (KNS): Jammu Kashmir Awami National Conference (JKANC) president Begum Khalida Shah has strongly reacted against the remarks made by BJP president Amit Shah at Jammu recently wherein he has accused the family of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah of accumulating wealth at the cost of State’s people.
In a statement issued to KNS, Begum Khalida Shah said, “BJP president should bear in mind that the economic status of the family of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah in Kashmir is known to all since the times when Amit Shah wasn’t even born.”
She said Amit Shah in his speech in Jammu revealed his party BJP’s anti-Kashmir mindset and made a vain attempt of defaming the Sheikh family.
“He (Amit Shah) through his poisonous remarks also revealed his and his party’s imperialist and communal mindset by sowing the seeds of enmity between the provinces of Jammu and Kashmir,” Begum Khalida Shah added.
The JKANC president while slamming BJP chief said, “In BJP, the people like Amit Shah can attempt to erase the Kashmir province from the State, sow the seeds of enmity between people of Kashmir and Jammu by their propaganda, carry out bloodshed in the region, suppress Kashmiris economically through military might; but if Amit Shah thinks that through power, he can be successful in his designs of vanishing the identity of Kashmir, he is living in a fool’s paradise. And such mindset only reveals his mental bankruptcy.”
Begum Khalida Shah said the endeavours of safeguarding the unity, integrity and efforts of progress in all three provinces of the State – Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh – will continue.
“Amit Shah doesn’t know that the Late Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah went to jail for his people, unchained them from the pangs of slavery of dictatorship and made the people of this State usher into the era of democracy. By the grace of Almighty, people like Amit Shah can never afflict any harm on the identity of the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said.
Meanwhile, the JKANC president Begum Khalida Shah strongly condemned the threatening remarks of Chaudhary Lal Singh – a minister in the previous PDP-BJP regime in J&K – against the journalists in Kashmir.
She said while the intimidating remarks of Lal Singh reveal his frustration, the State’s security brass must take serious cognizance of the matter.
It is pertinent to mention here that Lal Singh in a press conference held at Jammu on June 23 said, “Journalists of Kashmir had vitiated the atmosphere. I want to tell the journalists of Kashmir to draw the line of journalism and how they have to live. Do you want what happened to Basharat (Shujaat Bukhari) happen to you?”
Shujaat Bukhari – a senior journalist and editor of the daily Rising Kashmir – was shot dead along with his two PSOs by unknown gunmen on June 14 evening at press enclave here.
Begum Khalida Shah said the BJP MLA Lal Singh has been furious over the reportage by Kashmiri journalists on the kidnapping, rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Kathua; that is why he is trying to intimidate the Valley-based journalists.

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