SRINAGAR: Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Saturday paid rich tributes to Shams-ul-Haq on his 24th anniversary, terming him as “an inspiration for the freedom lovers”.
During a meeting of Hizb Command Council under the chairmanship of outfit chief Syed Salahuddin, glorious tributes were paid to Haq. It was reiterated that Kashmir struggle will continue “till the last drop of our blood” and that no one will be allowed to “betray the sacred movement”.
A local news agency CNS quoted Salahuddin saying during the meeting that “Haq was not only a Hizb commander but also a mentor, scholar and spiritual leader who sacrificed his life for the sacred cause. We are indebted to him.”
“His (Haq’s) supreme sacrifices have taught us a lesson and God willing no stone would be left unturned to take the mission of martyrs to its logical conclusion,” Salahuddin said. The meeting was also addressed by Hizb top brass Shamsher Khan and Taj Ali Shah and Deputy Chief Saifullah Khalid who asserted that “Kashmir freedom struggle can’t be crushed and decimated”.
Shams-ul-Haq, who did his post graduation in four subjects, spurned the government service and joined Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir. He was one of the founder members of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and played a key role in preparing the outfit constitution and manifesto.
Haq was killed by 7 Dogra Regiment soon after his arrest along with his three associates on 16 December 1993 at Watarpora, Budgam. “My father was a reputed Islamic scholar and top HM commander who was first arrested and then put to death by a 7 Dogra Regiment officer. This killing paved way for the promotion of that officer who was known to people as ‘Ulti Topi Wala’,” Shams-ul-Haq’s son told CNS.
The three other associates of Shamsul Haq who were also killed by 7 Dogra Regiment were Khazar Muhammad Dar, resident of Aripanth, Abdul Qayoom Sheikh, resident of Sonar Kulipora, and Ashiq Hussain Bhat, resident of Kanihama, Budgam, his son said. He said in the same month, Ali Muhammad Mir, the brother of Shams-ul-Haq was “murdered” by infamous government gunman Muma Kana who was later on awarded by the state government.