SRINAGAR: Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru on their anniversaries.
While reiterating his demand for the return back of the mortal remains of both the martyrs, who were buried in the Tihar Jail premises, Geelani said that although it is purely a human issue, but India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of morality and constitution, and in this way its claim of “largest democracy in the world” is getting badly exposed.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said that Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru are heroes of the Kashmiri nation and we are proud of them. “Kashmiri nation is resisting the forced and illegal occupation of India from past 70 years, and during this period, thousands of our valiant and bold people have sacrificed their precious lives for this cause,” he said, and added: Bhat and Guru are two separate cases among these who were detained, executed and buried in the same jail and in same month.
Hurriyat chairman said that Maqbool Bhat has a special status in the freedom struggle of Kashmir, and “if he can be termed as the first solider of the struggle then Afzal Guru’s ‘last letter’ became a new milestone of the freedom struggle and set a new trend.”
“His last letter clearly depicts that he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience,” he said.
They are source of inspiration for us, Geelani said, and the best way of paying tributes to them is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil, who had sacrificed their “present” for the “future” of the nation.
Geelani said that until the mortal remains are not returned back to their families, the whole nation will not let down this demand.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat conference condemned the arrest of its party spokesman, Gh Ahmad Gulzar, saying this is the “highhandedness of the government to suppress the voice of the pro-freedom people”.
“All these arbitrary measures won’t deter us from pursuing our cherished goal,” Hurriyat said.
Blaming pro-Indian parties for prevailing mayhem in state, Hurriyat said that they have virtually turned state into a battlefield.
“By caging pro-freedom leadership, they are denying the political space and creating political uncertainty,” they said.
Lashing at state administration, Hurriyat said that “they have let lose the reign of terror and turned the state into a big jail”.
While referring to recent arrests of separatists, Hurriyat said that instead of facing resistance leadership on political turf, they are being caged against fabricated and fake cases.
Hurriyat while criticizing New Delhi, said that “these repressive and suppressive measures won’t deter us from pursuing our mission.”