By Shafat Mir
SRINAGAR: SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom camp on Sunday paid tributes to Sajad Ahmad Kenue, the chief commander of Islamic Front, on his 21st anniversary and organised Fateha prayers at his grave at Reshi Bazar in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.
Sajad Ahmad Kanue of Mattan Adda area of Anantnag was killed by the Special Task Force personnel and renegade ‘Ikhwanis’ in Srinagar on January 8, 1996. He was one of the pioneers of “freedom” struggle and the founder of Students Liberation Front (SLF) which was rechristened as ‘Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen’ and later ‘Islamic Front’.
A delegation of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat lead by its Tehsil president Aashiq Hussain visited the martyrs’ graveyard and offered prayers for Kenue.
“Shaheed Kenue was an epitome of resistance struggle who sacrificed for freedom and Islam. The great nations never forget these brave sons of the soil who sacrifice their precious lives for the better future of the nation,” Hussain said on the occasion.
Meanwhile, paying tributes to Sajad Ahmad Kenue, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani, in a statement issued here, said, “Mature and conscious nations can never afford to forget martyrdom of their loved ones. Every family harbours martyrs and any compromise from their path is an insult to their sacred blood.” In a statement issued here, the Jammu & Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party ( DFP) chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, also paid rich tributes to Sajad Ahmad Kenue.
Chairman of Ummat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir and Mirwaiz South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, while paying tributes also offered prayers for the departed soul.
“Kenue was a great student activist and a pioneer of unity among many militant groups. He was a great patriot who lived up to the promises of being a great freedom fighter. He had a close association with Shaheed Dr. Qazi Nissar and had earned respect from the resistance camp at huge level. His martyrdom created a space that is tough to be bridged,” Qazi Yasir said in a statement issued here.
He said the civilian killings have yet again proved the fact that Kashmiris have never bowed down beofer the military might or any “authoritarian” rule.
Besides common people, the members of Democratic Freedom Party, JKLF, People’s League, Tehreek-e-Mazahmat and Mahaz-e -Azadi also participated in the Fateh Khwani.