Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership, (JRL) on Tuesday announced protest programme to commemorate the hanging anniversaries of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afazl Guru.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued here appealed people to observe complete shutdown on Feb 09 and Feb 11.
“The struggle and sacrifices rendered by Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru is a glorious chapter of our resistance history. India not only hanged these Kashmiris but also has kept their mortal remains under its custody till now. The struggle, passion for freedom and sacrifices of these great Kashmiris will always remain a beacon light for Kashmiri nation,” they said
Furnishing the details of protest on these days, JRL said that on the martyrdom day of Muhammad Afzal Guru on Friday, 9th Feb, a complete protest strike will be observed across the valley and peaceful protests will be held to press for returning mortal remains of these martyrs.
“A memorandum will also be read and passed by people in every Masjid on the occasion,” JRL said.
Recalling the sacrifice of Muhammad Maqbool Butt, the JRL said that a complete shutdown will be observed on Sunday, 11th February.
Besides this protest shutdown, Kashmiris will march to United Nations observers’ office at Sonwar Srinagar and present a memorandum to UN secretary general demanding for the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, JRL added.
Terming the struggle and martyrdom of resistance leader Mohammad Maqbool Butt as ‘a glorious chapter of history’, JRL said that “his struggle and sacrifices will always guide us through the tough journey of freedom struggle.”
JRL said that Butt strived for freedom of Kashmir and kissed gallows for the sacred cause.
Remembering the sacrifice rendered by son of Kashmir Muhammad Afzal Guru, JRL said that “Afzal kissed gallows and refused to surrender before the tyranny.”
They said that “the way Indian state hanged these Kashmiris illegally on the pretext of satisfying collective conscience of Indians is a glaring example of Indian oppression and tyrannical attitude.”