Bhat, Guru anniversaries
SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Friday reiterated the demand for return of the mortal remains of both Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohamad Afzal Guru, saying, although it is purely a human issue, New Delhi is reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of ethics and human values. Referring to the ‘last letter’ written by Afzal Guru, Hurriyat in a statement said the letter clearly illustrates that he was an ideological person and his emotions were backed by faith, intellect and conscience. Hailing Guru for his valour and commitment, Hurriyat said that he emerged as an ideal and symbol of dedication and commitment. “Today on his 5th anniversary, a prayer ceremony was organised to pay tribute to our hero, however state authorities laid curbs, restrictions and arrested hundreds of political activists,” the statement said. “We strongly condemn police action and it is sheer bullying and highhandedness.” Warning Indian authorities for their “oppressive and suppressive” measures, Hurriyat said, “All these arbitrary measures won’t deter us from pursuing our mission nor we will forget those valiant sons who have sacrificed their precious lives for a sacred cause and our better tomorrow.” “India with its military might is desperate to suppress our mission but despite all this, our next generation is more determined, vigilant and sensitive enough about the freedom movement,” Hurriyat said. The conglomerate strongly criticised the state administration for clamping curfew like restrictions and curbs against the resistance leaders and arresting Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Haji Ghulam Nabi, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Bilal Sidiqee, Mohammad Yusuf Naqash, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Omar Adil Dar, Syed Imtiaz Haider, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Chohan and Sajjad Ahmad Pala and scores of activists. “The authorities will have to face people’s wrath and resentment and all these arbitrary arrests amount to disrespect of our brave-hearts,” Hurriyat said.