- A milestone in resistance history: Mirwaiz
- An indelible chapter of Kashmir history: Malik
- They commit genocide and don’t let us mourn: Geelani
SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Tuesday paid homage to Afzal Guru on his 3rd execution anniversary, and criticised the state for imposing restrictions in parts of Kashmir Valley.
Delegations of Hurriyat Conference (M) and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) vested Guru’s ancestral home at Doabgah, Sopore, to express solidarity with his family. They also participated in the prayer meetings held at his house.
Speaking on the occasion, the Hurriyat (M) members, who comprised the delegation, said withholding Guru’s mortal remains was “travesty of justice”.
“By doing so, India has not only exposed its judiciary, but has also put a question mark on its democratic credentials,” they said.
According to a Hurriyat (M) spokesman, chairman of the conglomerate, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, also talked to Guru’s family over telephone from New Delhi.
“He termed Guru’s martyrdom as a milestone in the resistance history of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Criticising the state for imposing undeclared curfew in parts of Srinagar and Sopore, the spokesman said the conglomerate cancelled its prayer meeting that was to be held for Guru.
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) spokesperson, in a statement issued here, said its delegation conveyed the party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah’s message to Guru’s family.
The delegation assured the family that demand for returning Guru’s mortal remains would continue.
“Shaheed Afzal’s hanging exposed how the so-called world’s largest democracy violated the basic human rights,” the delegation said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, condemned the detention of the pro-freedom leaders on the eve of Guru’s execution anniversary.
“The shifting of dozens of pro-freedom leaders including Mohammad Yasin Malik to Srinagar Central Jail, detention of more than 50 Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists in different police stations, and police raids on the residences of Mohammad Yousuf Naqash and Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal are a condemnable act on part of the authorities,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
“On one hand, India is committing genocide of Kashmiris, and on the other side, we are not allowed to mourn over the dead bodies of our loved ones. This is the worst kind of state terrorism, which the Kashmiri nation has been facing for the last 68 years. Jammu & Kashmir has been converted into a major jail. Such policy of Indian government is increasing the political uncertainty and instability in the state,” he said.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement from jail, said, “Guru’s sacrifice is an indelible chapter of Kashmir history.”
“Kashmiris will not forget the Indian state’s tyrannical attitude towards Shaheed Afzal Guru. He kissed gallows without budging before the tyrants.
“We are indebted to him for his resolve and determination. Height of Indian state’s hatred towards Guru is that they denied them a proper burial and last meeting with his family,” Malik said.
According to the statement, JKLF also organised a condolence meeting at Martyrs’ Graveyard, Eidgah, to pay tribute to Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.
Islamic Political Party–JK and Dal Khalsa also paid tributes to Guru.
Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh, in a statement issued from Amritsar, said: “Indian state murdered Guru secretively”.
He also slammed the authorities for denying mortal remains of Guru to his family members, saying “it is their legal and fundamental right to get the same”.
“Kashmir is remembering its brave son who laid down his life for the freedom of his people. He is among the handful of people who were blessed by the Almighty to attain martyrdom. Guru would always be remembered as a symbol of resistance to Indian repression,” Singh said.