Srinagar: Describing slain Dr Abdul Ahad Guru as a “legend,” Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik Tuesday said that Kashmir was yet to produce his replacement.
“Because of his struggle, humanity, excellence in the field of medical profession, social work and philanthropy and sacrifice he stands above all and occupies a unique place in the history of Kashmir,” JKLF chairman said while remembering Guru on his martyrdom anniversary, according to a JKLF statement.
Stating that Dr Guru’s contribution from freedom struggle to social work remains unique, Malik said, “People like doctor him represent the glory of nations and personalities like these are actually the symbol and identification of living nations.”
“These personalities add to the pride of nations and are actually gift of god for the nations,” he said, adding, “From his birth on November 24, 1939 Guru showed the characteristics of a godly person and today almost two decades after his martyrdom, Kashmir is yet to produce any one like him.”
He said that doctor Guru was the first Kashmiri Muslim who started open heart surgery in Kashmir and wrote a new chapter in the medical history of this poor nation. “His efforts for making Soura Medical Institute a well established heath center are unforgettable and his relentless work for educating new doctors and elevating them to new heights was unparallel,” Malik said.
Describing him as “a selfless noble soul who always thought about the poor and destitute,” Malik said Dr Guru opened many heath care centers in the entire Kashmir where poor patients were treated free of cost.”
A sarai for the poor patients, their attendants outside Burzalla hospital still reminds us about his philanthropy. The mosques and Darasgah opened by him remind us about his Islamic belief and wisdom. JVC Medical College and hospital and other institutes remind us about his vision and all these works are a clear evidence of his towering personality, added Malik.
“In every respect Shaheed-i-Hikmat was like Hakim Ajmal Khan, Sir Syed Ahmad khan, Moulana Qasim Nanatwai, and Alama Iqbal for Kashmiris,” Malik said, adding “However, the best part of doctor sahib’s life is that he without looking into the status and position joined the freedom struggle and started the journey on the path of thorns along with other JKLF members.”
Malik said that Guru was not only actively working on the internal front of the movement but was very active on external diplomatic front also.”
“In this way of determination nobody and no means could deter his resolve and he embraced martyrdom on April 1st 1993,” Malik said.
“Even after his martyrdom, his brother-in-law Mian Ashiq Hussain was martyred by security forces, he added.
Meanwhile, in order to remember doctor Abdul Ahad Guru and other martyrs, a blood donation camp was Tuesday organized by Hamid blood bank Abi Guzar,” the statement said.
The statement said that hundreds of JKLF leaders, workers and well wishers participated in the camp.
“Many students, women, journalists and traders including a visitor from Calcutta donated his blood in the camp,” the statement said, adding that JKLF has been organizing such camps for last 24 years.