SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday paid glorious tributes to Maqbool Bhat on his 34th death anniversary.
In a statement, Geelani reiterated his demand for return of the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru. Ridiculing Indian authorities for their reluctance to return back the last remains of Bhat and Guru, Geelani said no country other than India set this “wrong precedence” and “in this way, its claim of the world’s largest democracy is getting badly exposed”.
He reiterated the joint resistance leadership’s call for complete shutdown today saying that “nations never forget their heroes”.
“They are the source of inspiration for us and the best way to pay tributes to them is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil who sacrificed their present for the future of the nation,” he said.
Hurriyat chairman urged people to “exhibit steadfastness and unanimity and keep aloof from India and its local stooges, don’t support them as all these activities prove detrimental for our freedom movement”.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said, “Father of Kashmiri nation Muhammad Maqbool Butt was an ideologue, statesman, warrior, political leader and diplomat who led this nation on all fronts and sacrificed his life for the sacred cause.”
He said Maqbool Bhat’s struggle and sacrifice is a “cornerstone of Kashmiri resistance movement, a symbol of freedom and liberty, and a glorious chapter of our history that will always guide us through the tough journey of freedom struggle”.
“He (Bhat) kissed gallows at Tihar jail without any regret or remorse,” Malik said adding that Maqbool Bhat’s letters written during his 12 years of incarceration at Delhi jail are a testimony of his intellect and greatness. “Every young Kashmiri should at least read these letters to know about this legend.”
Malik said New Delhi not only hanged Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru but denied them even a chance of proper burial.
“This is actually a scar on the conscience of the international community which has failed to safeguard the very basic human rights of Kashmiris,” JKLF chief said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat statement said that on the directions of Syed Ali Geelani, a Hurriyat deputation comprising of Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Mukhtar Ahmad and Rameez Raja visited the residence of Muhammad Afzal Guru and presented Tafheem-ul-Quran – the commentary on holy Qur’an by Jama’at-e-Islami founder Moulana Abul Aala Maududi – to his son Ghalib Guru and expressed sympathy and solidarity with the family.
The deputation also visited the house of incarcerated Hurriyat activist Ahtisham Farooq and expressed condolences over the demise of his grandmother, the statement said, adding they prayed for the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family.