Srinagar: Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah appealed to the pro-freedom camp that they should devise a joint strategy for demanding the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru who, after being hanged, have been buried at Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Return of the mortal remains of the duo, considered by a majority of the people as highest emblems of the sacrifices offered by Kashmiris for the cause of freedom, has been one of the demands of the pro-freedom camp and even a few pro-India politicians.
“Though we have been demanding the return of mortal remains of these two martyrs and have time and again appealed the world bodies and human rights organisations, the government of India continues to be unmoved. So, we feel time has come to devise a joint strategy in this regard,” Shah said in a statement.
“To demand the return of our martyrs’ mortal remains is part of our greater cause. The resistance camp must formulate a strategy in this regard,” he added, two days after Afzal Guru’s wife Tabassum said the pro-freedom leadership has disappointed her as they have done little to get her husband’s mortal remains to his homeland.
Shah said he feels honoured to have met Shaheed Maqbool Bhat in 1976.
“Shaheed Maqbool Bhat (RA) was an exemplary patriot who dedicated his life for raising voice for the freedom of his nation. He even sacrificed his life for the nation,” he said.
Shah said the “oppressive measures” imposed by the government on Bhat’s anniversary cannot “break our resolve as remembering and following the martyrs’ mission is part of our faith”.
Thanking people for observing complete shutdown, Shah said such days are meant for ‘Youm-e-Tajdeed-e-Ehad’ (Rejuvenation of the Pledge Day), “which is indispensable part of our struggle and vital for infusing a new spirit in the minds and hearts of our new generation”.