Srinagar: On the 30th death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged and buried in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984, a petition signed by over 50 British Parliamentarians demanding the mortal remains of Bhat was handed over to the Indian High Commission in UK, a JKLF statement said Wednesday.
It said ‘Maqbool Day’ was observed across major cities and towns of the world. JKLF patron Amanullah Khan addressed a seminar in this connection at Karachi. “While paying rich tributes to the father of nation, Aman sahib termed him as a history maker and great leader. In London, JKLF UK & Europe Zone protested outside Indian High Commission in London,” the statement said.
“A petition signed by over 50 British Parliamentarians demanding the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat Shaheed was also handed over to Indian officials. Similarly in Islamabad, Pakistan, a protest rally was held outside the United Nations office and Press Club in which demand for the return of mortal remains of Maqbool was reiterated. The sit-in was led by Front leaders M Rafiq Dar, M Salim Bhat, Mohammad Salim Haroon, Raja Ghulam Mujtaba, M Rashid Mirza, Manzoor Ahmad Khan, Mazhar Kazmi, Qari Sami ud din, Noman Kashmiri, and others. Syed Yousuf Naseem, convener of APHC , also addressed people”.
Similar programmes were held in many parts of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the statement said.
The JKLF has meanwhile condemned what it called a “new reign of terror throughout the Valley”. It said police is arresting youth in many areas for observing the Maqbool Day.