Srinagar, June 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC General Secretary and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabbir Ahmad Shah has urged the Kashmiris not to forget the poor, needy and destitute in the celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Shabbir Ahmad Shah, who continues to be under house arrest, in a statement issued in Srinagar appealed to the Kashmiris to celebrate the Eid with simplicity and austerity. He said, “We are passing through a very critical phase of our freedom movement and living in an atmosphere where tyranny and oppression rule the roost.”

He said that Kashmiris were carrying on their struggle to get freedom from Indian for the last 70 years and during the period, lakhs of people were killed, thousands subjected to enforced disappearance, hundreds of women raped by Indian forces by using them as a war tool, thousands of children blinded and maimed by lethal weapons.

Shabbir Shah said, “We are celebrating this Eid amongst our 25,000 widows and more than one lakh orphans. How can we ignore the poor orphans and those elderly whose sons were subjected to disappearance after being arrested? There are thousands of tragedies that are still haunting us.”

Shah appealed the well-off families of the territory to take care of the needy people in their respective areas and fulfill their needs, saying, “It is our social, moral and religious responsibility to do so.”

Meanwhile, on directives of Shabbir Ahmad Shah a party delegation comprising Muhammad Amin and Farooq Ahmad visited the families of martyrs in Pulwama and expressed solidarity with them.

Shabbir Shah also talked over phone with the families of Kakapora martyrs and expressed solidarity with them. He assured them that sacrifices of the Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste.

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