Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed people to make ‘Hafta-e-Shuhada’ (Martyrs’ Week) programmes, aimed to pay tributes to late Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and “all martyrs of Kashmir,” a grand success.
Stressing upon people to show complete commitment towards the cause by participating in the programmes, Mirwaiz on Friday asked people to observe complete strike in entire Kashmir to commemorate the “martyrdom of Kashmiris,” according to a statement.
It said Mirwaiz, while addressing a Friday gathering at historic Jamia Masjid, announced that on May 16, sessions of recitation of the Holy Qur’an would be held at the headquarters of Awami Action Committee (AAC) and at all AAC district offices to “pray for and remember the martyrs of Kashmir.” Later on the same day, under the banner of Anjuman-e-Auqaaf Committee, Jamia Masjid Srinagar, a state-wide ‘Qirat’ contest would be held at the historic Mirwaiz Manzil.
On May 17, a blood donation camp would be held at Jamia Masjid Srinagar. On the occasion known doctors would provide free medical checkup to patients and free medicines would be distributed among the needy patients, the statement said.
On May 18, a seminar titled “Hawal Incident, a Bloody Chapter in Kashmir History” would be organized at Hurriyat headquarters in Rajbagh.
On May 19, Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam would organize a seminar titled “Responsibility of Teachers and Parents towards Social Reforms” at Islamia Higher Secondary School Auditorium Rajouri Kadal.
On May 20, a grand rally of AAC activists, workers and leaders would be held at its party headquarters.
Mirwaiz stated that on May 21, a complete strike would be observed in entire Kashmir to “remember Shaheed-e-Millat, Shaheed-e-Hurriyat (Abdul Gani Lone), Hawal martyrs and all those martyrs who laid their lives for the sacred cause of freedom. On the same day, a grand rally would be organized at Martyrs’ graveyard, Eidgah during which an important resolution would be presented before the people for endorsement.”
Mirwaiz appealed people to “show complete resolve towards freedom struggle.” He said Kashmir was standing at a crucial juncture of history and “it has become incumbent on people to show their complete commitment with the cause for the sake of freedom struggle.”
Terming the “so-called polls” as a “military exercise” since they were conducted under heavy army presence, Mirwaiz said, “Like always the people of Kashmir have rejected the farcical process of elections.” He said that youth in particular punctured the poll balloon by showing complete commitment towards the cause, adding, “Frustrated over the rejection of polls, government rounded up of hundreds of youth and resistance leaders and lodged them in jails.”
The Hurriyat chairman said the “so-called polls was a futile exercise till Kashmiris were not first given their inalienable right of self-determination to choose their political future.” He said that Kashmiris are rendering sacrifices to determine their political future since 1931 and “the sham exercise of polls can never be a substitute to right to self-determination.”
Terming downtown Srinagar as “the bastion of resistance”, Mirwaiz stated that the inhabitants have always shown complete resolve towards “freedom struggle by sacrificing their lives, property and possessions for the cause.” He said whenever any bloody incident takes places in Kashmir, it is the old city of Srinagar where curfew is imposed first and restrictions are laid at Jamia Masjid. He flayed the authorities for pursuing a “policy of vendetta” against the people of Shahr-e-Khas or downtown Srinagar.