SRINAGAR: Chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Saturday paid tributes to former chief commander of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Arshid Hussain, who breathed his last earlier this week.
Andrabi, in a statement, said that Hussain despite facing hardships had a firm resolve and played an active role in the ongoing freedom struggle.
“Hussain was arrested in mid-90s and was brutally interrogated. His both kidneys were damaged due to interrogation and he had to undergo a kidney transplant. His family took him to Pakistan where he was treated free of cost,” she said.
She said Hussain later returned to Kashmir. “Though he didn’t continue to be in armed struggle but actively participated in the freedom struggle politically.”
Andrabi hailed Hussain and expressed sympathy with his family and said “he was as good as my brother so his death was my personal grief”.
The DeM chief also paid tributes to Mussavir Ahmed Wani of Delipora Pulwama who was killed in a gunfight with forces in Kangan area of the district.
“Shaheed Musavvir was an engineering student and had a bright future ahead. Despite that, he laid down his life for this beleaguered nation and to please Allah (SWT). May Allah SWT accept his martyrdom,” Aasiya said.
Expressing serious concern over the day-to-day killing of militants, Andrabi stressed upon the militant leadership to look into the issue and take practical steps to safeguard the lives of “brave hearts”.
“Our Mujahideen are our assets and they should value their lives and shouldn’t be so reckless. They should keep a close vigil on the informers’ activities and also should look within the groups so that such everyday killings can be stopped,” she said.
“Indian agencies have laid a web of informers who are hell bent to crush this pious movement for their dirty worldly benefits. However, our Mujahideen are scripting a new history by resisting the occupational forces. So they need to take measures to safeguard their precious lives,” Andrabi said.