Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chief Shabir Ahmad Shah favours a flexible stand by all the parties for working out a peaceful and permanent solution to the issue of Kashmir. He said that the dispute of Kashmir has three parties —India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir, "and all the three parties should shun intransigence and obduracy, and work for a mutually acceptable solution".
"Unless the parties concerned come down from their established positions, no solution can be found out," Shah told the Hindustan Times. He, however, said that any solution reached upon should reflect the aspirations and sacrifices of Kashmiri people.
Shah, who is a staunch votary of negotiable settlement of Kashmir issue, said that the representatives of Kashmiri people should be involved in the dialogue process going on between India and Pakistan. "It is quite heartening that government of Pakistan has shown a lot of flexibility in its stand, no more stresses on UN resolutions", he said but added that the government of India is yet to show any change in its stand. "I hope that New Delhi will take cue from Islamabad and will exhibit flexibility to resolve the issue". He said that the issue of Kashmir has come up as a big barrier not only in the relations between the two countries but has halted their march towards economic horizons.
Shah also jumped to the bandwagon of separatists, who have called a general strike on Republic Day and said "we must not recoil from our right of protest unless the government of India agrees to our political rights".
The DFP chief disagreed with those who cursed the gun for bringing only death and destruction to the people of Kashmir. "Gun has played a vital role in highlighting the issue of Kashmir, and those people who call themselves as leaders of the freedom movement are there only because of the gun", he said.
"I was a frequent jail visitor before the advent of gun on the Kashmir scene but nobody knew me. This is true with all other people also. We should not ignore this hard fact", he said and added "any agreeable solution must have the consent of mujahideen as well".