SRINAGAR: Chairperson of Dukhataran-e-Millat Asiya Andrabi on Saturday questioned pro-freedom leaders for celebrating Pakistan Day in New Delhi but not in Kashmir.
“India is working on a well thought-out strategy to scuttle our genuine struggle, which is all about completion of Pakistan. Why do our leaders go to Pakistan embassy and celebrate March 23 in New Delhi rather than celebrating it in Kashmir? What is our leadership doing? My beloved son Burhan (Hizb commander) is giving sleepless nights to mighty Indian forces,” she said, addressing a seminar organised by Kashmir High Court Bar Association here.
“We have become slaves of Indian atrocities, and if India stops tyranny, we are a gone case. While this nation is destined to get freedom from India, we need to put our act together rather than wait for things to happen. There is need for the entire leadership to rise to the occasion,” she said.
Referring to the seminar topic: ‘Kashmir Cause and Sacrifices of our martyrs”, Asiya said: “Sacrifices are there but where is the cause? There is a question mark on our cause now. The seminars are not the way-out. I had suggested to Mian Qayoom (KHCBA president) last year to hold a 3-day workshop and invite all leaders for chalking out future strategy to take the struggle to its logical conclusion.”
Paying tribute to human rights activist and lawyer Jaleel Andrabi, Asiya said he was by conviction involved in the freedom struggle.
Addressing the seminar, Mian Qayoom, urged people to firmly fight for the right of self-determination with vigour.
“We should trust our leadership and should not cast doubts on their integrity and honesty. If we, at any time, find that anyone from them has deviated from his stand, then we should come out against him openly.”
Referring to two-nation theory, he said it was based on Islam and “as Muslims we have to support the theory.”
Referring to former Pakistan president Parvaiz Musharaf’s 4-point formula, he said people shouldn’t support it.
“We owe an obligation towards our martyrs for carrying ahead our collective mission,” he said and paid rich tributes to Jaleel Andrabi.
In his address, National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan said that oppression leads to radicalism and the reaction against oppression was a natural process.
“When you usurp the rights of people, there is bound to be a reaction,” he said, and stressed need for remembering sacrifices rendered by all.
“We should not forget those 35 Sikhs who were killed by Indian forces at Chattisinghpora. We must not forget those innocent Kashmiris who were martyred at Pathribal and whose kith and kin want justice,” he said.
Advocate Arshid Andrabi, elder brother of Jaleel Andrabi, also called for steadfastness towards the “ongoing struggle”.
“Jaleel Andrabi, as on today, would have turned 56, but he laid down his life for a cause which was very dear to him. On 27th March, 1996, some people were proceeding towards Airport as they had to proceed to Mecca to perform Hajj and we on the other hand were carrying his dead body,” he said.
Jaleel had joined the Bar Association in 1984, the year Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar.
“He strongly protested against his hanging as a result of which he was arrested, detained and tortured for 18 days at Sonawar in an interrogation Centre. In a seminar at Delhi, he said that we are not Separatists, but freedom fighters,” Andrabi said.
General secretary of the lawyers’ body, Bashir Sidiq gave a brief account of the importance of holding the seminar.
He said Jaleel Andrabi was a highly-talented lawyer who projected Kashmir cause within and outside the state.
“Martyrdom of Jeleel Andrabi teaches us that we should not live in any kind of dilemma. The sacrifices of our martyrs and our remembering them is a testimony to the fact that the sentiment of freedom is in our soul,” said Professor Noor Mohammad Bilal in his address.
Others who addressed the seminar include advocates Syed Manzoor, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Mufti Mehraj-ud-din and representatives of Hurriyat Conference.