Pledge to make ‘resistance’ part of their lives
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir University students on Wednesday pledged to make resistance a part of their lives while urging the people to inculcate it as a culture in their day-to-day routine.
The students held a congregation in the university campus in honour of the slain university professor, Dr Muhammad Rafi, who died fighting government forces in Badigam village of southern Kashmir’s Shopian. Four other militants were also killed in the gunfight, including top militant commander and the last-surviving militant of the famous Burhan group, Saddam Padder.
Scores of students, both men and women, assembled under the banner of the banned Kashmir University Students’ Union in the Allama Iqbal Library lawns, named by it a few years ago as ‘Geelani Square’, after marching through the campus and raising massive pro-Pakistan, pro-Azadi and anti-India slogans.
The congregation was titled ‘In memory of Shaheed Dr Rafi and all those who died for our freedom’.
The congregation started with the recitation of a few verses from the Holy Qur’an.
Speaking at the beginning of the congregation, a varsity scholar said that the congregation was being held to pay tributes to all those who, since 1931, have laid down their lives for the “freedom of Kashmir”.
He said that the best tribute to Dr Rafi would be to make resistance a part and parcel of our individual lives and engrave it in our hearts.
He said: “We pledge to make resistance a part of our lives and will continue to pursue the goal of freedom.”
He said our demand is simple: “End the occupation and exercise Right to Self-Determination.”
Another student said that the State has given an impression that only small chunks of people who are illiterate and uneducated were raising the slogans of Aazadi. However, he said, “We want to convey it to people the world over and to those who are concerned about Kashmir that we are the students at the highest seat of learning in Kashmir and we equally demand that India should shun its rigidity and implement the UN resolutions of Right to Self-Determination and allow the people to decide their future.”
He said that the best possible way to resolve the Kashmir dispute is to implement the United Nations resolutions.
Another student, while paying tributes to the slain professor, said that he had chosen the highest stage of “fighting an occupation”.
“It is a message to India that it has grown seeds of animosity in Kashmir very deep and therefore is digging its grave in Kashmir,” he said.
“We want to tell them that our role models are those who have taught us to remain steadfast on the path of resistance,” he said and concluded: “Dr Rafi is our role model.”
The students later marched to the Sociology department, where Dr Rafi taught, and named the park outside it as ‘Dr Rafi Park’. Dr Muhammad Rafi, an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department of the varsity went missing last Friday from the university campus.
He was found 40 hours later, trapped in Badigam village of Shopian district along with top militant commander Saddam Padder and three other militants who included Bilal Mohand, Tauseef Sheikh and Adil.
All the five were killed in the encounter with government forces on Sunday. Five civilians, who were trying to help the militants escape, also died near the encounter site.