SRINAGAR: A high level delegation of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference comprising Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Moulana MS Rehman Shams, Muhammad Yousuf Bhat and Ishtiyaq Ahmed visited Keeri, Pattan to take part in the congregational Fateha prayers for slain journalist and Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said the delegation conveyed the condolence message of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to the bereaved family.
Speaking on the occasion, Moulana M S Rehman Shams said, “Shujaat was a great and noble soul whose work and contribution as a journalist, intellectual, and social activist will never be forgotten. Shujaat was a humble, people-friendly and sober person who spent his entire life raising genuine public issues be it political social or cultural through his writings and speeches. His death has created a big void in Kashmir’s journalism which is difficult to fill.”
Special prayers were also held for Shujaat Bukhari.
Meanwhile, the statement quoted Mirwaiz as saying during his Eid-ul-Fitr address at Eidgah here that Kashmir is a political and humanitarian issue and dealing with it through military might can’t yield any result neither can it force the people of Kashmir or the leadership into a submission.
He said it is must to revoke all black laws and to release the prisoners so that a conducive atmosphere is created on ground for the resolution of vexed dispute wherein all three parties –India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir – are involved in a process of engagement.
Mirwaiz said he is conveying the message of peace and prosperity to both Delhi and Islamabad on this Eid as people of Kashmir urge them to take concrete steps towards the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
“The peaceful struggle against the forcible control will continue on all fronts,” Mirwaiz said.