Mirwaiz Umar recounts contribution of ‘Muhajir Millat’
Srinagar: To commemorate the 50th death anniversary of ‘Muhajir Millat’ Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah, the Awami Action Committee held a rally at Aaali Masjid.
A statement issued by the APHC said that police detained Mirwaiz at his residence in the morning to prevent him from attending the rally, but released him in the afternoon, after which he addressed the rally.
JKLF president Yasin Malik, who was also to address the rally, was however, arrested. The APHC statement condemned the ‘arbitrary moves’ of the government.
Paying tribute to the revered leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Mohajir Millat was the vanguard of the people’s political movement in J&K, who represented and supported their political will and aspirations in deciding their future destiny as a nation, at the defining moments in the history of the subcontinent from 1928 to 1947 and later in exile in till his death.
Umar said that Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah had greatly resisted and opposed the “malicious move” to break up the Muslim Conference in 1938 “as he realized it would weaken the voice of the majority community in their say regarding their future dispensation.”
“He also firmly opposed the subsequent accession of the state to the India union, owing to the fact that it did not represent the choice of the majority population of the state and would eventually be resisted and revolted by them,” Umar said.
He said that history had vindicated his stand, as “ the fourth generation of Kashmiris is dearly paying for the fraud that was played upon them in 1947.”
Umar said that for his democratic, rational and principled stand Mirwaiz Yousuf was banished from his land by the “arrogant state rulers”, declared an “enemy agent” and never allowed to return to his homeland.
“The late Mirwaiz throughout his life in exile, whether in his capacity as part of Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir or as a common distressed Kashmiri citizen, pleaded the cause of the people of occupied Kashmir both within Pakistan and at international fora during his travel to many countries across the Globe as president of AJK, creating awareness regarding this human and political conflict in which a hapless population had been trapped and to gather support for its resolution in accordance with the wishes of its people,” Umar said
Senior Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Butt, JKLF leader Noor Mohammad Kalwal, representative of Syed Ali Shah Geelani , Mehrajuddin Kalwal also spoke on the occasion.