Srinagar: Incarcerated All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday paid glowing tributes to one of the founder members of Kashmir’s freedom struggle Maqbool Bhat on his 34th martyrdom anniversary and Kashmir’s brave heart Muhammad Afzal Guru.
In a statement he stated that “their sacrifices have got etched in our collective conscious as a nation striving for liberation.”
He said that the sacrifices offered by Bhat and Guru are a constant reminder to us to remain steadfast and work with dedication and focus towards the fair and just resolution of our political struggle.
Mirwaiz while extending full support to the announcement made by the Joint Resistance Leadership with regard to observing complete strike on February 9 and marching towards UN office Sonwar to submit a memorandum seeking return of the mortal remains of Bhat and Guru from New Delhi, urged the people to support it and send a strong message to New Delhi that Kashmiris can’t be bullied into submission through the policy of repression and military might.
“Kashmiris are struggling for a just political cause since past seven decades and the sacrifices offered by Bhat and Guru were for this cause,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that the best way of paying tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir is that people from all faiths and hues must remain steadfast and committed towards the cause that has priceless sacrifices at its back.
He said that New Delhi along with its “local collaborators” in Kashmir backed by lakhs of forces and huge military apparatus have left no stone unturned to muzzle dissent and resistance in Kashmir, and every day new suppressive methods are employed to make the people of Kashmir bend on their knees and surrender.
“People also need to remain alert to the day-to-day conspiracies of Delhi aimed at changing the basic nature of the dispute,” he said.
APHC chairman urged the international community especially world human rights organizations to play their role in building pressure on New Delhi to return the mortals of Bhat and Guru to their families for burial in Kashmir.