APHC leaders say gallows, imprisonments can’t suppress Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment

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Pay glowing tributes to Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru on their martyrdom anniversaries


Srinagar, February 09 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders have said that gallows, illegal detentions and other brutal tactics by India cannot suppress the Kashmiris’ resolve for achieving freedom from Indian illegal occupation of their homeland.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the APHC leaders paying glowing tributes to prominent Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, on their martyrdom anniversaries, reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs. They maintained that the martyrs are the real heroes of Kashmiris and a great asset of the ongoing freedom movement.

India had hanged Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 2013 and sent Muhammad Maqbool Butt to the gallows in the same jail on 11th February in 1984 for their role in Kashmir freedom movement. Their bodies remain buried in the premises of the jail.

Illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a massage from New Delhi’s Tihar jail said that the hanging of Afzal Guru was miscarriage of justice. The verdict against Guru, he said, was slap on India’s judiciary and its entire legal system that brazenly violated the fundamentals of justice by denying him the right to fair trial.

Shabbir Shah expressed the hope that the day was not far when subjugated but determined people of Kashmir will see the dawn of freedom. He also took strong exception to Narendra Modi regime’s eviction and demolition drive in IIOJK terming it as a part of conspiracy to cripple Kashmiris economically and render them homeless and weaken their stand on Kashmir.

Senior APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who in under continued house arrest, in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the world community and international human rights bodies to impress upon New Delhi to transfer the mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru from Delhi’s Tihar Jail to occupied Kashmir for proper burial.

He said that the sacrifices offered by the Kashmiri martyrs were a constant reminder to the world that they remain steadfast and work with dedication and focus towards the fair and just resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute. The Mirwaiz urged the people to fully stand with their just demand of right to self-determination to send a strong message to New Delhi that they will continue their struggle till it reached its logical conclusion.

Another illegally detained senior APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, in a massage from Tihar Jail said the Kashmiris have been engaged in a valiant struggle for a just political cause and they have rendered unparalleled sacrifices for it in the last over seven decades. The best way of paying tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs is that people remain steadfast and committed towards the cause they laid down for, he maintained.

Other APHC leaders and organizations including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Khawaja Firdous, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Firdous Ahmed Shah, Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Farida Bahenji, Khadim Hussain, Syed Sibte Shabbir Qummi, Javiad Ahmed Mir, Dr Musaib, Muhammad Aaqib, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, and Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in their separate statements also paid rich tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs especially Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru.

They said that the due to the sacrifices of the Kashmiri martyrs, the Kashmir dispute was echoing in every forum of the world. They said that these sacrifices would not be allowed go waste and the mission of Kashmiri martyrs would be accomplished at all costs.

The leaders and organizations said fascist Modi cannot kill the Kashmiris’ freedom sentiment by resorting to wanton killings. They said the Kashmiris being custodians of the martyrs’ blood are determined to take the freedom struggle to its logical end. They urged India to read the writing on the wall and accept the reality about Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom. They also called upon the justice-loving people and organisations of the world to compel India to hand over the mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru to their families so that they can accord the martyrs a proper burial.

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