Pay tributes to the Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq, Khawja Abdul Gani Lone and martyrs of Hawal
Srinagar, May 22: APHC organised a commemorative meet at Town Hall Kupwara to pay tributes to the Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq, Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawja Abdul Gani Lone and martyrs of Hawal. The function was presided over the APHC executive council member and Peoples Conference Chairman Bilal Gani Lone while as APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq couldn’t attend the program as he continues to remain under house arrest at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar since past almost a week.
APHC leaders Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Musadiq Adil, Abdul Manan Bukhari, Sheikh Afzal, Advocate Abdul Majeed Banday, Khalil Muhammad Khalil, Ghulam Nabi Najar and Zahoor Ahmed Bhat, the brother of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat addressed the impressive gathering.
In his speech, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat strongly condemned the continuous house detention of APHC chairman terming it worst form of political vengeance and State terrorism. Prof Bhat said preventing Mirwaiz from attending the various programs in connection with the Hafta-e-Shahadat (martyr’s week) won’t deter the resolve of observing martyrs week and it is now the collective responsibility of people to take the mission set by the martyrs like Shaheed-e-Milat, Shaheed-e-Hurriyat, martyrs of Hawal and all the martyrs of Jammu and Kashmir, to its logical conclusion.
In a veiled reference to New Delhi, Prof Bhat said in the changing global scenario, there is no scope for the politics of hatred, politics on the basis of military might and politics of rigidity and stubbornness. Prof Bhat said that Kashmir issue is not just a threat to peace for the sub-continent but to the entire South Asia and the resolution of Kashmir issue according to aspirations of its people is now need of the hour for permanent and everlasting peace in the region
In his presidential address, APHC senior executive member and Peoples Conference chairman Bilal Gani Lone, while paying rich tributes to Shaheed-e-Milat, Shaheed-e-Hurriyat, martyrs of Hawal and all the martyrs of J&K, said unless concrete and serious steps are taken for the resolution of Kashmir issue, political instability will continue to grip not only the South Asian region
Lone said today’s congregational tributes to the great martyrs is based on the fact that we should take a pledge to protect the blood and mission of these martyrs and play our role to take the ongoing movement to its realisation. He said it’s time to introspect and to shoulder responsibilities collectively.
Lone said that sacrifices rendered by the pro-resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir Can never be forgotten. He condemed the continuous house arrest of APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and said it reflects ill mindset and frustration on part of the authorities. Lone strongly condemned the atrocities and repression inflicted on the innocent Kashmiris including the student community. Lone said such oppressive measures used by the forces since past so many decades have failed to break the resolve of people of Kashmir, who continue to remain attached to the sacred cause and movement with their hearts, minds and souls. Lone also said that such measures have failed to break the resolve of people of Kashmir leaving the authorities frustrated.
On the occasion, speakers also paid tributes to martyr Maqbool Bhat, who was sent to gallows in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, and highlighted his political contribution towards freedom movement of Kashmir.The speakers said great martyr like Bhat, and Afzal girl preferred gallows rather than surrendering to the Delhi’s might. They said that it was the collective responsibility of the people of Kashmir to remember these great sacrifices and work with zeal to take the movement to its realisation.
The speaker’s also paid rich tributes to founder of JKLF Amanullah Khan, who passed away last year in Pakistan administered Kashmir (Azad Kashmir).
Meanwhile, APHC spokesman strongly condemned the house detention of Chairman of the amalgam, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Media Advisor Advocate Shahid ul Islam and dozens of other Hurriyat leaders, terming it worst form of human rights violations. The spokesman sought intervention of international human rights groups over the continuous house detention of Mirwaiz and other resistiance leaders asking them to play their role.
The spokesman strongly condemned use of brutal force on the innocent people of Waghama, Yousmarg, stating that forces resorting to intense shelling on people, vandalised property worth lakhs and beat up many people without any justification during the nocturnal raids. The spokesman said the authorities with active supports of its forces want to push the youth of Kashmir towards wall. The spokesman also condemned the slapping of PSA on the pro-resistance leaders asserting that oppressing is touching new heights in Kashmir.