SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom camp on Tuesday expressed grief over the demise of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front’s cofounder Amanullah Khan, who passed away in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Khan, 82, was not keeping well for some time.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, expressed grief over the Khan’s demise and prayed for forbearance to the bereaved family.
“Despite the ideological differences, I have no hesitation in saying that late Amanullah Khan was a sincere pro-freedom leader who sacrificed his life for the Kashmir cause,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
‘His death created void’
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said the demise of Khan has left behind a void that would be very difficult to fill.
In his condolence message, Mirwaiz said the departed leader dedicated his life to the cause of Kashmir’s freedom and faced numerous problems in his course.
“His resolve and dedication towards the goal of freedom never showed any sign of weakness. Like a true patriot and a leader, Khan highlighted the Kashmir issue at various international platforms. This towering and consistent leader had to bear the atrocities in jails for raising voice for the oppressed people of Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said.
Expressing condolence and sympathy with the bereaved family and JKLF, Mirwaiz said the resistance leader’s demise had saddened entire Kashmir and left Kashmir without one of its true patriots and a towering leader.
As per Hurriyat (M) statement, a prayer meeting would be held at conglomerate’s Rajbagh headquarters on Wednesday to pay tributes to Khan.
The JKLF organised a condolence meeting that was presided over by its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik. The meeting was held at the party’s Lal Chowk office.
Malik, while addressing the meeting, said J&K has lost its most valiant son.
“His demise has closed a glorious chapter of our history. He was a pioneer of the freedom struggle, a herald of an independent Jammu Kashmir, a glowing example of persistence, a great politician, intellectual, diplomat, and a leader who from his youth till the last breath remained steadfast in the resistance movement,” Malik said.
‘Freedom movement lost a leader’
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, while expressing grief over the demise, said: “We are deprived of a great leader of the freedom movement”.
In a statement issued here, Shah paid tributes to the deceased and said the late leader throughout his life fought for the “honour, dignity, and freedom of his nation and remained steadfast on his mission till his last breath”.
“Kashmiris will never forget the role of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat and Late Amanullah Khan towards the freedom movement as both have rendered invaluable sacrifices. His contribution will be written in golden words in the history of Kashmir,” Shah said. He also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family.
‘His name will be written in golden letters’
As per a statement issued by JKLF (R), its patron, Barrister Abdul Majid Trambu and Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karate expressed grief and sorrow over Khan’s demise.
The party organised a condolence meet at its headquarters which was attended by many of its leaders and activists.
“The services rendered by late Amanullah Khan will be written in golden letters. His demise is an irreparable loss for the freedom movement,” the meeting observed.
The party also extended condolences and sympathy with the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
‘Loss to Kashmir movement’
Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and JKLF (H) chairman, Javaid Ahamd Mir termed the demise of Khan as a “grave loss to the Kashmiri resistance movement”.
In his condolence message issued here, Mir expressed sympathy with the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
Senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and Islamic Political Party chairman, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, in a statement issued here termed the demise of Amanullah Khan as “irreparable loss for the freedom struggle”.
“Late Amanaullah Khan was a towering leader and a great human being whose sacrifices would never be forgotten as he gave his best to the freedom struggle of Kashmir,” he said and prayed for heavenly abode for the deceased.
In a statement issued here, Kashmir Freedom Movement chief, Muhammad Yousuf Gilkar while expressing grief over the JKLF leader’s demise said it is a “loss to the Kashmiris’ resistance movement”. He expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.
Bar condolence meeting
Kashmir Bar Association, as per a statement issued here, held a meeting, in which the members condoled the demise of Amanullah Khan and paid tributes to him for his contribution towards the freedom struggle.