SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom leaders on Monday paid tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his seventh death anniversary for his contributions towards the freedom struggle of Kashmir.
In a statement, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house confinement, said that Sheikh Abdul Aziz spent his whole life seeking right to self determination for Kashmiris and at the end sacrificed his life for the cause.
Sheikh Aziz was killed on Aug 11, 2008 while leading a huge ‘Muzaffarabad Chalo’ protest march towards Pakistan-administered Kashmir over the alleged “economic blockade” by protesters in Hindu-dominated Jammu.
Mirwaiz said that Sheikh Aziz occupies unique distinction for his contributions in political and armed sphere towards the freedom struggle.
He said the commitment and resolve shown by Sheikh Aziz during his lifetime for the freedom struggle was exemplary, adding, the freedom struggle would only become successful, if “we follow the path shown by the martyrs with zeal and zest.”
“Freedom struggle can’t be suppressed by dint of military might. The leadership of India has to accept the reality that coercion and military occupation won’t force the Kashmiris to abdicate their political aspirations,” Mirwaiz said.
In connection with the death anniversary of Sheikh Aziz, Hurriyat leaders comprising of Musadiq Adil, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, GN Zaki, Jaffar Kashmiri, GN Mir, Hilal Ahmad Mir, Abdul Majeed Wani, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Fayaz Ahmad and Muhammad Shafi held special prayers for the leader at Mazar-e-Shouda Eidgah in Srinagar.
Meanwhile Jammu Kashmir National Front chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan also paid glowing tributes to Shaheed-e-Azeemat, Sheikh Abdul Aziz.
“Nayeem Khan remembered his close friend, Sheikh Abdul Aziz and the time he spent with him in and outside jails during the resistance movement,” a spokesman of the party said.
Nayeem Khan said Sheikh Aziz was a symbol of resistance and he sacrificed his life for the noble cause for which he lived.
Nayeem Ahmad said that Sheikh Aziz’s role in the field of politics and militancy would always be remembered for his sincerity, dedication and steadfastness. “When there was a need to lead the youth in the field of militancy, Shaheed-e-Azeemat did not waste even a moment to perform and he did the same when he was needed in the field of politics,” Nayeem Khan said.
Nayeem Ahmad Khan said that Sheikh Aziz laid his life on the hill tops of Uri seven years back and “now it is our duty to take his mission to its logical goal.” He also paid tributes to all those killed in 2008, 2009 and 2010.