Srinagar: Announcing that his Awami Action Committee (AAC) would kick start its 50th foundation day celebrations from Municipal Park Srinagar from June 20, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday urged people, especially youth, to make the yearlong program a success.
Addressing a Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said that AAC has always fought for the usurped rights of Kashmiris and that its leaders and workers have offered huge sacrifices to keep the popular sentiment alive.
Mirwaiz said that AAC leaders and activists were from time to time subjected to interminable sufferings and have faced brutal oppression for demanding the right of self-determination, but AAC has “never bowed before the forces of oppression nor got tired of the struggle.”
“The movement which was started by Muhajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah under the banner of Muslim Conference in 1931 was taken forward by Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq in 1964 by announcing the formation of AAC at Gole Bagh during a rally attended by lakhs of people,” Mirwaiz said.
He said apart from spreading the religious message of Islam in Kashmir, “the Mirwaizain of Kashmir have always from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid loudly spoken against the political, social and religious exploitation of Kashmiris.”
Mirwaiz stated that AAC was the only organization which has remained steadfast on its stand like a rock and had always strived for an amicable and long lasting resolution of Kashmir dispute for the past 50 years. He stated that inspite of all the difficulties and hurdles created in the path of the party to take forward its agenda, the party has not given up its resolve and has always advocated and stood for the solution of Kashmir in accordance with the aspirations and sentiments of the people.
As AAC was going to celebrate its golden jubilee, Mirwaiz thanked the youth whose ancestors espoused the ideology of AAC and kept it alive with their support and sacrifices. He announced the 50th year celebrations would continue for one year during which various events would be held on different levels.
Mirwaiz announced that as per the program the supporters of the party from all parts of Kashmir will converge on June 20 at Jamia Masjid Srinagar from where they will march towards Municipal Park Srinagar so as to bring alive the memories of June 20, 1964 the foundation day of AAC.