SRINAGAR: Several resistance leaders and parties have strongly condemned the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) district president Mir Hafizullah of Anantnag.
Mir was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday morning at his residence in Akingam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag while his wife also suffered injuries.
True soldier of movement: TeH
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) General Secretary Ameer Hamzah has said that Mir Hafiz Ullah was a “true soldier of freedom struggle” and a responsible leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
“Anti-freedom forces are making plots to create confusion and the murder of Mir Hafizullah is part of this conspiracy,” Hamza said while addressing the mourners in Akingam.
A delegation of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders headed by General Secretary Ameer Hamzah Shah participated in funeral prayers of Mir Hafizullah and shared grief and sorrow and prayed for the departed soul.
“The exemplary role played by the Mir Hafizullah Sahib for the last three decades for Kashmir cause or so while remaining very close to the public, has acted as an irritant for the Indian agencies,” Hamza said.
His death is a great loss not only for the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat but for the ongoing freedom struggle, he said.
Hamza said the pro-freedom leadership had already expressed fears that its leadership might be targeted in the Valley.
“Mir Hafiz Ullah had played a very important role during the 2016 uprising due to which he was sent to jail and was released four months ago only,” he said.
He said the purpose of Mir’s killing was to frighten the freedom-loving people and to make them into submission. “Mir Hafizullah was jailed under Public Safety Act many times and frequently threatened of dire consequences for his inflamed oratory, philanthropic dreams and aspirations, noble character and an unwavering commitment for the ongoing movement for right to self-determination,” Hamza said, adding, Mir was released from a jail recently after 24 months of incarceration.
Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat while paying rich tributes to the slain militants in Nadigam Shopian said: “The sacrifices can’t be forgotten and the mission of martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion.”
“The sacrifices of Kashmiri people for Kashmir cause would not go waste,” a TeH spokesman said in a statement.
He said that India could not silence
“The voices of Kashmiris can’t be silenced through use of force. Kashmir issue has entered in a crucial stage and it is need of the hour to show unity and steadfastness at this point in time,” he said.
Lost a prudent voice: Malik
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday said the killing of senior resistance leader Mir Hafiz-u-Allah in broad day light is most “atrocious and naked act of state repression”.
“Through Mir Sahibs’ martyrdom today, we have lost a prudent voice, courageous and steadfast human being and a humble personality,” Malik said in a condolence message.
JKLF chairman said that Kashmir has today lost a brave resistance leader whose absence will be felt for long.
Recalling his personal friendship and association with Mir Hafiz-u-Allah, JKLF chairman said: “In 2014, I was lodged in Mattan jail where Mir Hafiz-u-Allah was already languishing. His humble attitude, soft approach, upright wisdom, political sensibility and other qualities soon brought us close and we shared our thoughts and ideas for hours.”
Terming Mir’s killing as a personal loss, Malik said that only a few days back, Mir visited JKLF office at Srinagar and informed him about the “threats from forces and police and how suspicious vehicles were roaming around his residence”.
“His worries came true today and he was gunned down in cold blood in front of his wife,” Malik said.
JKLF chairman while praying for his heavenly abode also prayed for his bereaved family.
On the directions of JKLF chairman, a high level JKLF delegation comprising of vice chairman Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and district president Muhammad Ishaaq Ganie reached Akingam Achabal and participated in the funeral prayers and burial of Mir Hafiz-u-Allah.
Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt also addressed the condolence gathering and paid rich tributes to the great soul. JKLF delegation also expressed solidarity with his bereaved family.
Meanwhile, JKLF leaders and activists organized various condolence meetings on anniversary of Shuhadai-e-Alikadal. “Various functions were held in Europe, UK, Middle East, Rawalpindi and in different districts of Pakistan administered Kashmir wherein rich tributes were paid to the great martyrs of Alikadal, Srinagar,” JKLF statement said.
Well hatched conspiracy: Jama’at
Jama’at-e-Islami on Tuesday said that the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Hafizullah Mir of Akingam, Islamabad by unknown gunmen in broad daylight in his home clearly depicts that this series of mysterious killings is a part of a well-designed plan hatched in order to suppress the genuine voices of the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, a Jama’at spokesperson while vehemently condemning the “gruesome murder” of a political leader at his home and critically injuring his wife, demanded an impartial probe into the “inhuman” act by some international judicial commission so as to unveil the real culprits behind this vicious deign.
Jama’at extended solidarity with the bereaved family and wished an early recovery to the slain leader’s wife.
Jama’at also condemns the indiscriminate firing by government forces on protesters at Nadigam Shopian in which amongst others three girls were also injured.
Bar demands probe by independent agency
J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar has strongly condemned the killing of Mir Hafizullah, district president, Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, Anantnag and called the attack a “beastly act”.
The Bar Association in a statement said that in the killing of Hafizullah, the people of Kashmir have lost a “sincere, dedicated and honest soul of the soil, who has for the most of his life, preferred incarceration rather than succumbing to threats, pressure tactics and intimidations extended to him by those, who are opposed to the just cause of the people of Kashmir”.
“We demand the killing of Mir Hafizullah be probed by an independent agency, so that those who have committed the dastardly act do not go unpunished,” it said.
The Bar Association also condemns the hitting of three girls with bullets and also firing of pellets on the protesters at Nadigam, Shopian.
The Bar Association appealed the members of international community to come to the help of the people of Kashmir who are “caged and are being killed, blinded and maimed every day and their properties are also raised to ground” only because they seek their right of self-determination, guaranteed to them by the UN Security Council.
Inhuman act: DFP
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has strongly condemned the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president for Anantnag Mir Hafizullah and said that it was the handiwork of hidden hands who have been killing pro-freedom people over the years.
A JKDFP spokesperson in a statement said: “Kashmiri people are being terrorised and intimidated by killings and arrests and the murder of Mir Hafizullah is part of the same conspiracy.”
Paying rich tributes to Mir Hafizullah, the spokesperson said that his role in the ongoing struggle will always be remembered.
He termed the sacrifices of Mir Hafizullah as inspiring and expressed solidarity with his bereaved family.
The spokesperson also paid rich tributes to four militants killed in a gunfight with government forces at Nadigam Shopian. He also condemned the use of force against the civilians and injuring of many including girls.