Those linking movement with unemployment, illiteracy are ‘fools’: Malik
SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday said those linking Kashmiri struggle with unemployment and illiteracy are “fools” and should ponder over the life, struggle, and martyrdom of “Shaheed-e-Hikamt” Dr Abdul Ahad Guru who despite being highly educated and a reputed surgeon joined the struggle and laid down his life for the cause.
In a statement issued here, Malik while remembering Dr Abdul Ahad Guru on his anniversary said people of Jammu Kashmir are indebted to martyrs like Dr Guru who “sacrificed their today for the betterment of our tomorrow”.
“Dr Guru was an exceptional personality who not only left his mark on medical, political and religious circles but worked relentlessly on social front through his philanthropic works. People like him are the crown of nations and stand as a symbol of glory for the living nations,” Malik said.
JKLF chairman said the freedom struggle of Kashmir is represented by the blood of great intellectuals, religious scholars, social leaders, teachers, lawyers, and personalities like Ishfaq Majeed Wani, Dr Abdul Ahad Guru, Prof Abdul Ahad Wani, Advocate Jalil Indrabi, Doctor Ghulam Qadir Sofi Turabi, Mufti Jamal ud Din, Pilot Nadeem Khateeb, Advocate Ghulam Qadir Sailani, Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, Moulana Shabir Sidiqui, Shams ul Haq, Prof Muhammad Ramzan, and others. “These great people were not only highly educated but well-established in their lives and despite all odds joined the ranks of struggle and embraced martyrdom. These personalities add to the pride of nations and are actually Almighty’s gift to the nations,” he said.
Malik said Dr Guru from his birth showed the characteristics of a God-fearing person and today after more than two decades after his martyrdom, Kashmir is yet to produce anyone like him. “Dr Guru was the first Kashmiri Muslim to start open heart surgery in Valley and wrote a new chapter in the medical history of this poor nation. His efforts for making SKIMS well established hospital are well known and his relentless work for educating new doctors and elevating them to new heights stand unparalleled.”
“He was a selfless noble soul who was always concerned about the poor and destitute. He opened many health care centers in Valley where poor patients were treated free of cost. A ‘Sarai’ for the poor patients and their attendants outside Barzulla hospital still remind us about his philanthropy. The mosques and Darasgahs opened by him remind us about his Islamic belief and wisdom. JVC Medical College and hospital and other institutes remind us about his vision and all these works are a clear evidence of his towering personality.”
“The best part of doctor sahib’s life is that he without looking towards his status and position joined the freedom struggle and started the journey on thorny path along with other JKLF members. He not only actively worked on the internal front of the movement but was also very active on the diplomatic front. Nothing could deter Shaheed-e-Hikmat’s resolve and he continued his journey and achieved martyrdom on 1st April 1993. His brother-in-law Mian Ashiq Hussain also fell to the bullets,” Malik said.
Meanwhile, reiterating his appeal of complete boycott of upcoming elections, the JKLF chairman said “a nation that has rendered sacrifices has to understand the value and importance of respecting and safeguarding these”.
Meanwhile, a JKLF delegation led by vice-chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt visited the residence of Dr Guru and attended a congregational prayer meeting there where tributes were paid to him.