Srinagar: Ahead of anniversaries of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has announced its protest programme with its chairman Yasin Malik paying glowing tributes to the duo.
In a statement, the front spokesperson announced the programmes ahead of twin anniversaries of Bhat and Guru.
On 9th February, according to the JKLF statement, a memorandum will be passed in every masjid across Kashmir. This, he said, will be followed by protests to demand the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru.
On 11th February, JKLF has called for UN chalo march to present a memorandum to the UN General Secretary about returning mortal remains of Bhat and Guru.
The JKLF has also said that a meeting for building a memorial will also be held at Bhat’s native village Trehgam.
Besides, JKLF has also said protests will be organized across the world in places such as the UK, Europe, the US, Canada, Germany, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. JKLF London branch will hold a protest outside Indian High Commission in London. “A petition will be handed over to the high commission asking for the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru. Seminars, protests and symposiums will also be held to pay tribute to father of nation and other martyrs,” JKLF spokesman said.
JKLF will also hold demonstration across Azad Kashmir on 11th February. Protest marches and sit-in will be held in cities like Muzafarbad, Kotli, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Bagh and Gilgit in which the vision and sacrifices of Maqbool Bhat will be highlighted
“Maqbool Bhat is the father of our nation. He is the corner stone of our resistance. He is the corner stone of our resistance against illegal occupation and symbol of freedom and liberty,” JKLF spokesperson quoted Malik as having said.
His struggle and sacrifices represent every oppressed and subjugated human, he said.
Malik who has been languishing in central jail Srinagar termed Bhat as an intellectual who according to him led Kashmiris on all fronts-armed, political and intellectual.
He said that Bhat was an ideologue, a warrior, a leader and an intellectual who led Kashmiris on all fronts – be it diplomatic front, armed front, political front or intellectual front. “He started alone and strived hard for the liberation of his nation from foreign occupation, perused and followed his dream with action and sacrificed his life with pride and passion,” he said.
“On 11th February 1984, Indian rulers decided to hang this leader and thus choke Kashmiri voice for freedom on gallows in Tihar Jail Delhi but time has proved that India failed to achieve this goal as thousands of new Maqbool’s originated from his sacred blood,” quoted JKLF spokesperson as Malik having said. “Indian state not only hanged Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru, but have denied these martyrs even an opportunity of proper burial. This is actually a scar on the conscience of international community which has failed to safeguard the human rights of Kashmiris. Kashmiris will keep protesting and demanding the mortal remains of the sons of their soil and no stone will be left unturned in this endeavour.”
Guru and Bhat were secretly hanged and buried inside Tihar jail on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984 respectively.