Mirwaiz leads rally in old city to commemorate May 21 martyrs
SRINAGAR: A rally was taken out in old city on Friday afternoon to pay homage to pro-freedom leaders Maulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, both of whom were martyred on May 21, though in different years.
The rally started after the congregational prayers concluded at Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta. Led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) and the son of Maulvi Mohammad Farooq, the rally concluded at the Shaheed Memorial Chowk, Hawal.
Masked protestors carried green flags during the rally, that was a part of a series of events organised on the day.
Addressing the gathering at the Jamia Masjid prior to the rally, Mirwaiz Umar said that the successive governments since 1947 implemented policies meant to “disempower the people of Kashmir”.
Referring to the plan to set up Sainik Colonies and controversial Industrial Policy, he said: “Here thousands of acres of land are already under the illegal occupation of the Indian army. Now, more land is being provided to non-state industrialists on the pretext of establishment of industries here.”
“About 300 kanals of land have been provided to non-state subjects and 90 kanals of land had been allotted to a non-local corporation,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the policies would be opposed “tooth and nail”. The procession was followed by heavy stone pelting between the government forces and the youths in parts of old Srinagar.
Meanwhile various social and political organisations have paid glowing tributes to Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, also known as May 21 martyrs on their martyrdom anniversary.
While remembering all the martyrs of Kashmir including Shaheed-e-Millat Moulana Mohammad Farooq, Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawja Abdul Gani Lone and the Hawal Martyrs, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani prayed for highest place in Jannah for them. He said that “the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs is that we should continuous and tirelessly pursue the cause of our freedom struggle and we should not indulge in any such activity which has any possibility of harming or damaging our precious and countless sacrifices in the field of our freedom movement.”
Geelani said that he met Moulana Farooq many times while as Lone Sahab and he had spent a long time together. “I admire the services of the family of Moulana Farooq and pay tributes to them, which they have did in the propagation and spreading the message of Peace (Islam) in Kashmir and I had always extolled the natural talent and courage of Abdul Gani Lone,”Geelani said. He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant them best place in Jannah.
In a statement, Bar Association paid rich tributes to Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, who laid down their lives for the cause of freedom of Kashmir. While highlighting the role played by both of them in the freedom struggle, it was stated that the people should neither forget them nor those who have given their lives for achieving the freedom from the Indian occupation and the cause which was cherished and was dear to them should be taken to its logical end.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs, senior Hurriyat leader and chairman JKLF Javaid Ahmad Mir said the services of these martyrs for the liberation movement would always be remembered.
Javaid Mir said that today we remember these two leaders who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. Recalling the struggle and sacrifices of Khawja Abdul Gani Lone, Mir said that he was one of the best politicians, intellectual and a good human being. He always fought for the cause of freedom and tolerated all hardships, sufferings and miseries in this way, Mir said.
While remembering the struggle and sacrifices of Mirwaiz Farooq, Javaid Mir said that he belonged to a family that has always inspired Kashmiris. “His family led this nation in the fields of politics, education, and religion. Mirwaiz himself tolerated the hardships of jails, torture and oppression in the way of freedom .He never shied away from struggle and sacrifices and stood firm at the times of hardness and finally sacrificed his life in the way of truth,” Mir said.
Meanwhile a JKLF spokesman has strongly condemned the house confinement of chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir at his residence at Sher-e-Khass.