SRINAGAR: Paying a tribute to JKLF co-founder Maqbool Bhat on his 32nd execution anniversary, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Wednesday said India is the world’s only country that denies mortal remains of political prisoners to their families.
The behavior has “further exposed” the country’s claim of being the world’s largest democracy, he said in a statement issued here.
Geelani said Bhat was a “brave” and “courageous” pro-freedom person who “nullified the assumptions about the Kashmiri nation and brought them face to face with their enemy”.
Reiterating his appeal for a statewide shutdown on February 11, Hurriyat (G) chairman said great nations never forget the brave-hearts who sacrifice their present for their nation’ future.
“They are remembered for centuries and their life becomes a source of inspiration for other people,” he said.
“We should be loyal to and carry forward the mission for which these sons of the soil kissed the gallows. Our nation has paid huge sacrifices for the freedom struggle, but the most important and sensitive matter is the protection of these sacrifices.
“We have to control and rectify the mistakes and weaknesses which are harming the mission of our martyrs or prolong our way to freedom,” Geelani said.
“To attain the goal of freedom and to respect the blood of our martyrs, we have to boycott India and its local agents here and shouldn’t vote or support them at any level or in any way. Unity is the only key to success.”