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Biography for Shabir Ahmad Shah

First Name: Shabir Ahmad
Last Name: Shah
Organization: Party Leader
Country: India
Date of Birth: dd/mm/1954
Education: Having spent most of his youth in jails, he could not continue his studies beyond Class XISource: Tribune India 20020929
Politics: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP)
CV: A leader of the Jammu Kashmir People's League, he has campaigned for self-determination in Kashmir from the late 1960s. Source: Kashmir Who is WhoHe has spent over 22 years in jails. He was first jailed at 14 in 1968 because he was a strong supporter of the Youth League. After that he was imprisoned because he was a supporter of Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beigh, a close associate of Sheikh Abdullah, who established the Plebiscite Front with the objective of conducting a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. He was jailed several times in the 1970s as well since he was an active member of the People’s League constituted in 1975 after the Indira-Abdullah Accord of 1975. He was last arrested on May 28, 1988, along with his close associate Nayeem Ahmad Khan, and released after a long spell on October 16, 1994. He was again jailed for over six months under the PSA. Source: Tribune India 20020929
Quotes: We never believed in the gun culture. History says it can't be the ultimate solution. It can be part of a struggle, but not the end.We will not let a repeat of Nagasaki or Hiroshima. We believe in peace. Wherever there are nuclear weapons in the world, we want to destroy them completely. Such weapons will not bring victory for either India or Pakistan. If there is a nuclear war, both India and Pakistan will be losersIn this affair, the Kashmiris should play a bigger role than India and Pakistan. Because 100,000 of our youth have been martyred. We are the people who have suffered. Even today there's tremendous pressure here. Innocent people are being killed. This is a disturbed area. A soldier can kill anybody. He can burn down anybody's house. He can rape too. But the JKDFP has always maintained it would like to see the people of both Hindustan and Pakistan happy. If the German wall was broken down, if all the countries in Europe have come under the EU, can't India and Pakistan co-exist as brothers? Source :Interview with Shabir Shah July 1998 Rediff
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