Srinagar, February 08: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani on Friday paid tributes to Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru on their anniversaries.
Reiterating his demand for the return back of the mortal remains of duo who were buried in the Tihar Jail premises, Geelani in a statement issued to KNO said that although it is purely a human issue, but India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of morality and constitution and in this way its claim of “largest democracy in the world” is getting badly exposed.
“Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru are heroes of the Kashmiri nation and we are proud of them. Kashmiri nation is resisting the forced and illegal occupation of India from past 71 years and during this period thousands of our valiant and bold people have sacrificed their precious lives for this cause but the Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru are two separate cases among these who were detained, executed and buried in the same jail and in same month,” Geelani said.
“Mohammad Maqbool Bhat has a special status in the freedom struggle of Kashmir and if he can be termed as the first solider of the struggle then the Mohammad Afzal Guru’s ‘last letter’ became a new milestone of the freedom struggle and set a new trend,” he said, adding that his last letter clearly depicts that he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience.
“They are source of inspiration for us and the best way of paying tributes to them is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil, who had sacrificed their present for the future of the nation,” Geelani said.
He said that the best way of paying tributes to Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil who had sacrificed their present for the future of the nation. Geelani further stated that until the mortal remains are not returned back to their families, the whole nation will not let down this demand