Advocate Abdul Qadir Sailani – III

Rejecting police assertions on the assassination of Advocate Abdul Qadir Sailani, pro-freedom circles believe that he had been on a special mission that day, and scheduled to meet some important people.

Still others claiming to have known him believe that he was abducted by pro-government gunmen for his political activity, and later shot dead.

The mystery surrounding his assassination has persisted, and may continue to elude a solution until people who know about it come forward and tell the truth.

An activist before joining the legal profession, Sailani Sahib had become a member of the Muslim Revolutionary Front, a militant organization, in 1974.

In 1975, when the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, called for a strike against the Indira-Abdullah Accord, the opponents of the Kashmir movement issued threats to intimidate activists trying to make the protest a success.

Sailani and his associates countered this by carrying out a grenade explosion in Lal Chowk. The intimidation stopped.

A straight-forward and humble person, he once told his daughter: “Kashmir is burning, and under these circumstances, we, the intelligentsia, cannot afford to be silent. We have to come forward and help people out in these difficult times.”

In tribute to its slain member, the legal fraternity has named a block in the Sadr Court complex after him, to mark his life as inspiration for lawyers in coming generations.