Pampore shuts to mark Sheikh Aziz’s anniversary

Pampore shuts to mark Sheikh Aziz’s anniversary

Bilal Habib
Pampore: Pampore town on Tuesday observed complete shutdown to commemorate the 7th death anniversary of pro-freedom leader, Shiekh Abdul Aziz.
Shiekh Aziz was killed on August 11, 2008 at Tchahal village of Uri when he was leading a procession towards Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) to protest against the economic blockade of Valley enforced by the extremist Hindu outfits following a mass agitation over the transfer of 100 acre of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
Over 60 people were killed by the government forces to crush the agitation before the government withdrew the order.
Meanwhile, all the shops and business establishments remained closed in parts of the Saffron town while as the movement of transport was affected due to a shutdown.CRPF troopers and police were also deployed at several places.
Witnesses said that Hurriyat leaders including senior party leaders Mohammad Yousuf Attai, Nayeem Khan and others visited the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah and paid tributes to the slain leader.
Several pro-freedom leaders paid tributes to the late pro-freedom leader. “Sheikh Aziz was a gentleman who sacrificed his life for freedom of his nation,” JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a statement.
Malik said that Sheikh Aziz was a man of will and dedication. “Till his last breath, he strived for the cause of Kashmir. His martyrdom strengthened the peaceful peoples’ revolution in Kashmir and this nation will always remember him and his sacrifices.”
Peoples League also paid tributes Sheikh Aziz on his death anniversary.
In a statement, a party spokesman said that the party has decided to mark August 11 as ‘Unity Day’
The spokesman said that the party held special prayers at the Martyrs’ graveyard at EId Gah in which several pro-freedom leaders paid tributes to the leader.
The spokesman said that while addressing the gathering, party vice-chairman Mohammad Yaseen Attie said that the Peoples League was committed to forward the mission for which Sheikh Aziz and thousands of people in Kashmir have sacrificed their lives.