‘He was a champion of unity, a scholar par excellence’
SRINAGAR: Various pro-freedom leaders on Sunday paid tributes to a prominent personality Dr Qazi Nisar Ahmad on his 22nd martyrdom anniversary.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while paying tributes to Dr Qazi Nisar said such tragic assassinations had left an indelible mark on the psyche of the people. He said killing scholars, reformers and religious figures in the valley was a collective loss of the entire Kashmiri nation.
“Dr Qazi Nisar had been striving for the unity among groups of various schools of thought and worked for the resistance movement which cannot be forgotten. Since 1990, under a well-planned conspiracy, top religious and political leadership of Kashmir was martyred from time-to-time with the design to eliminate the Kashmiri resistance leadership and make it leaderless,” he said, adding, “However, these killings did not dampen the resolve of the leadership which continued to carry forward the resistance movement.”
Mirwaiz also condemned the nocturnal raids carried out by government forces in Srinagar’s Old City saying the forces were “orchestrating state sponsored terrorism” by carrying out such arrests which has made the lives of locals miserable.”The oppression of government forces have crossed all limits which has terrorised the population,” he said.
Paying tributes to Dr Qazi Nisar Ahmad, Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik termed him a great scholar, and religious, political and social leader. “No one can ignore the struggle and sacrifices of Shaheed Qazi Nisar’s. Today, we all express our gratitude and love for that noble soul,” he said.
Malik said personalities like Qazi Nisar are the “symbols of resistance” of nations and by remembering this great soul, we recall his sacrifices, valor and passion for freedom.
Meanwhile, JKLF has paid tributes to slain militants Altaf Ahmad Mir and Imtiyaz Ahmad of Sopore and Palhallan. As per a statement issued here, a JKLF delegation led by senior leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt which included zonal deputy general secretary Farooq Ahmad Dar, district president Baramulla Abdul Rashid Magloo, Abdul Qayoom and others visited Goshabugh Wusan and Brath Sopore and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of slain militants.
“These martyrs are our real heroes. They are laying down their lives for the betterment of our tomorrow,” JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt said on the occasion.