Srinagar: Pro-freedom camp on Monday paid tributes to Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat on their execution anniversaries and demanded return of their mortal remains.
Hurriyat Conference (G), while paying tributes to Afzal Guru, said Kashmiris are duty-bound to carry forward his mission and “we will never bow before the Indian oppression”.
The conglomerate, in a statement issued here, said Guru’s hanging “was not only the murder of justice but it proved India’s democratic claims and the freedom of judiciary a fraud”.
Demanding the return of the bodies of Bhat and Guru, the amalgam said, “Souls of both martyrs attained freedom from Indian slavery and they made their nation proud. They have proved India cannot eliminate the freedom sentiments of Kashmiri nation.”
“The last letter of Shaheed Afzal Guru, which he wrote before going to gallows, has become as a source of inspiration for the Kashmiri nation and has added a new life to our freedom struggle,” the amalgam said.
Paying tributes, Islamic Students League (ISL) president Sheikh Musaib said both Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru were “epitome of steadfastness, devotion and sacrifice”.
“Despite being in different eras, both suffered and sacrificed for the sacred cause of freedom. They tolerated all ups and downs and remained firm on the cause. Their sacrifices have been recorded in the history of resistance in golden words and would be acting as a guiding light for the generations to come,” a spokesman of ISL said in a statement issued here.
Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and Chairman JKLF (H), Javaid Ahmad Mir, in a statement issued here, said, “The goal for which these leaders and other countless people laid down their lives would remain unachieved unless Kashmir dispute was settled in accordance with the aspirations and wishes of its people.”
Paying tributes and demanding return of mortal remains of Bhat and Guru, Mir said “sacrifices of these two martyrs are a priceless asset which would continue to influence the future generations, to take the mission of martyrs to its goal”.