In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Hurriyat forum headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid rich tributes to the icon of Kashmir freedom movement, Syed Ali Gilani, who died in police custody in Srinagar, late Wednesday night.
The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar appealed to the people of occupied Kashmir and Azad Jammu Kashmir to observe complete shutdown against the custodial killing of Syed Ali Gilani. Giving a call to Hyderpora Chalo, the APHC urged people to assemble at Hyderpora to pay tributes to the great leader of the Kashmir freedom movement.
Hurriyat forum headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said, Syed Ali Gilani was a symbol of freedom struggle and he sacrificed his whole life for right to self-determination and stood like an iron wall against India.
Senior APHC leader and Anjuman Sharie Shian President Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar extended condolences to the bereaved family of Syed Ali Gilani. He termed the demise of the veteran leader as his personal loss. He said, the sad demise of Syed Ali Gilani has left a huge void not only in Kashmir but also in the region. “The steadfastness that Gilani has shown is no less than a lesson for future generations. I have known Giani for decades, his grit, honestly, vision and faith were unshakable. He belonged to the generation who made sure that politics are moral,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement Chairman, Khawaja Firdous in a statement said that Kashmiri people have been deprived of a benevolent leader after the death of Syed Ali Gilani. He denounced Indian authorities for forcibly snatching away the dead body of the Kashmiri leader saying that Modi regime seems to be scary of even the body of the freedom leader. He deplored that the fascist Indian regime did not allow the burial of Syed Ali Gilani’s body as per Islamic teachings. He also condemned police torture on the family members and relatives of Syed Ali Gilani.
Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement Chairman, Muhammad Shafi Lone has termed the custodial death of Syed Ali Gilani as an irreparable loss for the entire Kashmiri people. He said that from day one Gilani played an unprecedented role in the ongoing freedom struggle of Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front said that Gilani was a great son of soil whose deficiency would be felt for long.
Hurriyat leader Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi in his statement paid rich tributes to Syed Ali Gilani and prayed Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace.
The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in a statement in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace.
Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami while paying tributes to Syed Ali Gilani vowed to continue his mission of freedom from Indian bondage and accession of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan till success. It strongly condemned the authorities for burying the towering leader in the small graveyard of Hyderpora in the dead of night while allowing only his family members to participate in his last rites.
Jammu-based leaders of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum, Advocate Devinder Singh Behl, Muhammad Hanif Kalis, Maulana Amir Mohammad Shamsi, Maulana Abdul Qayyum Matoo, Malik Irshad Ahmed, Pervez Ahmed Sheikh, Advocate Khawaja Ijaz Madani, Muhammad Hussain Khatib, Mahmood Akhtar Qureshi, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar and Muhammad Latif Lone in their joint statement said that Syed Ali Gilani stood like a rock in front of Indian imperialism throughout his life. In history, Syed Ali Gilani will be remembered in golden words, they added.
The acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar terming the demise of Syed Ali Gilani as a great loss, said that Gilani was a fearless Kashmiri leader who championed the Kashmiris’ cause of right to self-determination with great conviction and consistency. He said, Gilani was a man of principle, honesty and integrity. “Syed Ali Gilani’s life long struggle for the Kashmir cause would be written in golden words in the history of Kashmir.”
The Convener of Hurriyat Conference AJK Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement in Islamabad termed Syed Ali Gilani as an icon of the freedom struggle in IIOJK. He said that Syed Ali Gilani throughout his life rendered great sacrifices against India’s illegal and forcible occupation of Kashmir and his contribution for the Kashmir freedom movement would never be forgotten by the Kashmiri people.
Vice Chairman of Jammu Kashmir National Front Altaf Hussain Wani said Syed Ali Gilani while highlighting the supreme sacrifices of the towering resistance leader said that his life long struggle for the cause of Kashmir would be remembered for a long time in the annals of Kashmir history. “His devotion, dedication, perseverance and commitment to the noble of cause of freedom would continue to inspire Kashmiris’ incoming generations”, he said adding that his demise had left a huge a void in political sphere that could never be filled.
Hurriyat AJK leader Imtiaz Wani in a statement also paid tributes to Syed Ali Gilani.
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