SRINAGAR: The resistance camp on Friday expressed deep grief over the demise of Sheikh Abdul Kabir, the father of slain JKLF commander Sheikh Abdul Hameed, who passed away on Thursday evening at his Sidiqabad, Batamaloo residence.
In a statement, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani termed Kabir’s demise as personal loss.
Hailing his contribution for “freedom movement”, Geelani paid glowing tributes to the deceased and expressed heartfelt condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family. He also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
In a statement, Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Sheikh Abdul Kabeer was known for his social services he carried out throughout his life.
Mirwaiz prayed for a special place in Jannah for the deceased and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. On his directions, a delegation comprising Ghulam Qadir Beigh, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Muhammad Shafi Khan and Farooq Ahmed visited the deceased’s residence and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family. The delegation also offered special Fateha prayers there.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik said the demise of Sheikh Abdul Kabeer is a personal loss to him as he was the father of his “great friend” Sheikh Abdul Hameed. “As one of the pioneers of Kashmir’s freedom struggle, Shaheed Sheikh Abdul Hameed and his whole family led by Sheikh Abdul Kabeer, rendered valuable sacrifices for the freedom of Jammu Kashmir,” he said in a statement.
“As a father, (Sheikh Kabeer) had to endure the loss of his eldest son, remain in jails and torture centers and at times tolerate the incarceration of his wife and other children too. But all these hardships and oppressive measures failed to subdue him and he continued with his humble social work, benevolence and patronage to needy people.”
“Today when this fatherly person has left for heavenly abode, we all pray for his soul and forbearance to the bereaved family,” Malik said.
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) in a statement said, “Abdul Kabir faced a long and tough time at the hands of Indian forces however he remained patient and exhibited steadfastness.” Party’s secretary general Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari paid tributes to the deceased.
The JKLF (H) chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir also expressed grief over the demise of Sheikh Kabeer and extended condolences to the bereaved family. “The contribution of Sheikh Abdul Kabeer towards the liberation of Kashmir will always be remembered,” he said in a statement.
In a statement, JKLF (R) general secretary Wajahat Qureshi expressed his deep grief over the demise, saying Sheikh and his family rendered unparalleled services and sacrifices for the ongoing freedom movement.
Paying tributes to Kabir, Qureshi said the deceased and his son Sheikh Abdul Hameed will be remembered for their dedication and commitment with freedom movement.
A party delegation led by Wajahat comprising Husni Mubarak and Aijaz Mir visited grieved family and extended condolences with them. He prayed for departed soul and forbearance for the bereaved family and peace to the departed soul.