‘Martyrs are icons and torchbearers of our movement’
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday paid tributes to eight slain youth – Faizan Fayaz Dar, Abass Jahangir, Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Nisar Ahmad Mir, Akeel Ahmad Wani, Aadil Farooq Sheikh, Aamir Ahmad Rather and Amir Farooq Ganie – of Budgam on their first anniversary, saying “they are our heroes and their sacrifices serves as a milestone and an inspiration for generations to come”.
“People and all these martyrs conveyed a message that they will never surrender despite all atrocities and excesses perpetrated by Indian forces and Delhi groomed henchmen,” Geelani said in a statement.
Geelani said last year this day, “unprecedented poll boycott by people illustrated that India and its stooges have no right to occupy state and mission of freedom is yet to be accomplished”.
“It was the day when India and its stooges enacted a forced election drama, however it miserably failed. People were showered with bullets and pellets, however they braved all this and made election drama a failure,” he said. “We pay our heartfelt salute to these brave-hearts and wholeheartedly extend our sympathy and condolence to the grieved families.” “These martyrs are icons and will remain torchbearers of our freedom movement,” Geelani said. “They are shining stars of our freedom movement and we are committed to the mission for which these budding youth sacrificed their lives.”
Hailing people for their “exemplary sacrifices”, Hurriyat chairman said “we need to pursue mission with same spirit and passion”.
Geelani appealed to international community to take “cognisance of appalling situations in Kashmir, necessary steps to halt bloodshed and check growing excesses against unarmed and peaceful civilians” in Kashmir.