On AAC’s golden jubilee, Mirwaiz Umar to dig into the past

SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Awami Action Committee (AAC) is making an effort to bring together the documented but scattered rudiments of Kashmir’s political history to introduce the Valley’s younger generations to the pre-insurgency era.
As part of its yearlong golden jubilee celebrations beginning June 20, AAC is collecting letters, photographs, and other documents related to the political past of Kashmir. The idea is to put the material, which may be in possession of individuals or associations, on an online portal for information of the younger generations and researchers.
“Our younger generations have the concept that resistance movement started with armed movement in 1990, but in reality our movement has seen many phases between 1947 and 1990,” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Kashmir Reader on Monday.
“We want to collect the documents and other materials related to political history of Kashmir and make it available online to public. It will help our younger generations to know about the past, and it shall help researchers too,” he said.
AAC is an extension of the Action Committee that was formed in 1964 for recovering the stolen holy relic of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). While the relic was recovered a month after it was stolen, Action Committee, headed by youthful Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq, continued to work as a political forum by the name of Awami Action Committee.
After Moulvi Farooq’s assassination in 1990, Mirwaiz Umar, then a teenager, became the AAC’s head.
AAC will turn 50 on June 20—the day of its foundation, and it will begin its golden jubilee celebrations, which are to continue for a year, by holding a rally at Municipal Park here.
However, AAC doesn’t want to limit its efforts for recollecting glimpses of the history to the party’s past alone.
“We want to collect everything that we feel can be a contribution towards our younger generation,” Mirwaiz Umar said. “Be it the photographs of political personalities, the letters between Moulvi Yusuf Shah and Pakistan’s founder Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, or the newspapers or articles of that time, or the pamphlets, we want to collect all the material.”
To make the task easy, the party is expected to come up with advertisements in media.
“The people possessing the documents hid or burnt them to avoid the state’s fury during the initial years of ‘tehreek’. But we are sure that many people still have some material left with them. And we want to collect it,” said Mirwaiz’s political secretary Shahid-ul-Islam.
“We have started consulting our members and constituents for collection of the documents. And we shall soon come up with an advertisement too,” he added.