While paying glowing tribute to Arif Shahid who was allegedly killed by Pakistani secret agencies in Pakistani city of Rawalpindi three years ago, Dr Shabir Choudhry said ‘Arif Shahid was killed because of his struggle. He challenged Pakistani occupation and oppression in so called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, and exposed their imperialist Kashmir policy. He became a symbol of resistance against Pakistani Occupation and oppression in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.’
Dr Shabir Choudhry was speaking to a small gathering in London office of Kashmir National Party, where prayers were made for the martyred leader who challenged the Pakistani might; and continued his peaceful struggle until he was silenced by a target killer in Rawalpindi.
KNP leader said, Pakistani secret agencies claim to be number one in the world, if that is true and their hands are clean then why don’t they arrest killers of Arif Shahid who was very decent human being and who struggled for rights of the deprived and oppressed people.
Ejaz Pracha, President of Friends of Jammu and Kashmir also paid tribute to Arif Shahid. He said what I heard and read about Arif Shahid shows he was a polite and friendly man. His valiant struggle for fundamental human rights and for independence of his people could only be appreciated.
Ejaz Pracha further said, I have read book of Dr Shabir Choudhry, ‘Why Arif Shahid was killed’, and was really impressed with struggle of Arif Shahid. However, it is sad that the authorities even banned this book; and this sums up their attitude to Arif Shahid and his struggle.
Ejaz Pracha said, ‘struggle against injustice and oppression must continue’. He requested the government of Pakistan to’ investigate this tragic murder seriously. Anymore delay will further anger the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the culprits must be caught and punished.’
Issued by Dr Shabir Choudhry