Kashmir movement not about unemployment, illiteracy: Malik
SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday said those linking Kashmiri struggle with unemployment and illiteracy are “fools” and should ponder over the life, struggle, and martyrdom of “Shaheed-e-Hikmat” Dr Abdul Ahad Guru who despite being highly educated and a reputed surgeon joined the struggle and laid down his life for the cause.
In a statement issued here, Malik while remembering Dr Abdul Ahad Guru on his anniversary said people of Jammu Kashmir are indebted to martyrs like Dr Guru who “sacrificed their today for the betterment of our tomorrow”.
“Dr Guru was an exceptional personality who not only left his mark on medical, political and religious circles but worked relentlessly on social front through his philanthropic works. People like him are the crown of nations and stand as a symbol of glory for the living nations,” Malik said.
Malik said Dr Guru from his birth showed the characteristics of a God-fearing person and today after more than two decades after his martyrdom, Kashmir is yet to produce anyone like him. “Dr Guru was the first Kashmiri Muslim to start open heart surgery in Valley and wrote a new chapter in the medical history of this poor nation. His efforts for making SKIMS well established hospital are well known and his relentless work for educating new doctors and elevating them to new heights stand unparalleled.”
“He was a selfless noble soul who was always concerned about the poor and destitute. He opened many health care centres in valley where poor patients were treated free of cost. A ‘Sarai’ for the poor patients and their attendants outside Barzulla hospital still remind us about his philanthropy. The mosques and Darasgahs opened by him remind us about his Islamic belief and wisdom. JVC Medical College and hospital and other institutes remind us about his vision and all these works are a clear evidence of his towering personality.”
“The best part of doctor sahib’s life is that he without looking towards his status and position joined the freedom struggle and started the journey on thorny path along with other JKLF members. He not only actively worked on the internal front of the movement but was also very active on the diplomatic front. Nothing could deter Shaheed-e-Hikmat’s resolve and he continued his journey and achieved martyrdom on 1st April 1993. His brother-in-law Mian Ashiq Hussain also fell to the bullets,” Malik said.
Meanwhile, JKLF organised a blood donation camp at Abi Guzar here under the banner of Hameed Blood Bank.
“Malik himself looked after the camp in which scores of JKLF leaders, activists, well-wishers of martyrs including some women and students participated and donated blood for the well-being of humanity,” a statement said.
Blood camp started at 10:30 am and ended at 2 pm.
JKLF chairman on the occasion talked to media and paid rich tributes to great martyrs of Jammu Kashmir. “This blood donation is a glaring example of the love our great martyrs had for humanity,” Malik said.