Srinagar: The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah decided to donate his eyes after his death saying he is taking such step for those whose eyesight was snatched by the PDP’s ‘vision’. In a statement issued to press on Friday, DFP chief who is languishing in Raj Bagh police station since last four months, said, “It is my deep desire that my eyes be donated to any of those who lost their eyes during the ongoing ‘Intifada’. Let my eyes help anyone see the world again. As one eye donation can make two blind people see, let’s make the eye donation a tradition.”
Shah appealed the doctors, youths, and medical experts to start a campaign to start an eye bank in the State. “We can take such step and donate our eyes for our children the same way some generous people donate their organs like kidney to the needy,” he said. Paying tributes to those martyred during the last four months, Shah said, “Even if we can’t bring them back to life but the least we can do is to donate our eyes (after our death) to those who sacrificed their eyes for us,” he said.
He added, “Death in inevitable. Why not leave the world while donating our eyes so that those who lost their eyesight during the ongoing Intifada may regain the vision. As such, even after we’re gone, our eyes will keep seeing.” The DFP chairman lamented that thousands of people got maimeddue to pellets, hundreds lost their eyesight, and dozens completely blinded during the ongoing anti-India uprising. “We have to explore options for these victims so that they resume their normal life,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader appealed the people not to let pessimism and despondency sway them in any way and “continue the freedom movement”. “This (Kashmir) is the only nation in the world where in the name of ‘vision’ are people blinded, massacred, tortured, and their properties destroyed; the place where minors are booked under black laws. Those at helm of affairs must bear in mind that such coercive measures won’t break our resolve but in fact strengthen our spirit to fight for our rights. I salute all our mothers, sisters, and daughters who exhibited utmost courage during the last four months of anti-India movement and made it clear that we want nothing less than freedom from Indian occupation,” he said.