Srinagar, April 1: “Fools who associate Kashmiri struggle for freedom with unemployment, lack of education and being fought at the behest of someone should ponder over and examine the life, struggle and martyrdom of Shaheed-e-Hikamt Dr Abdul Ahad Guru, who despite being highly educated, well-off and a reputed heart surgeon joined freedom struggle under the banner of JKLF and laid down his life for this sacred cause,” said the acting chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Abdul Hameed Butt while remembering Dr Guru on his anniversary on Monday.
In a statement issued to GNS, Butt said: “People of Jammu Kashmir are indebted to martyrs like Shaheed-e-Hikmat Dr Abdul Ahad Guru who sacrificed their today for the betterment of our tomorrow.”
Butt termed Dr Guru as an exceptional personality who not only left his mark over medical, political and religious fronts but worked relentlessly on social front through his philanthropic works. “People like Dr Guru are crown of nations and personalities like him stand as a symbol of glory for the living nations,” he said.
JKLF leader said: “The freedom struggle of Kashmir is represented by the blood of great intellectuals, ulema, social leaders, teachers, lawyers, and personalities like Ashfaq Majeed Wani, Dr Abdul Ahad Guru, Professor Abdul Ahad Wani, Advocate Jalil Indrabi, Doctor Gh. Qadir Sofi Turabi, Mufti Jamal-ud-din, Pilot Nadeem Khateeb, Advocate Ghulam Qadir Sailani, Moulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, Moulana Shabir Siddiqi, Shams-ul-Haq, Professor Muhammad Ramzan and others. These great people were not only highly educated but well established in their lives and despite all odds joined the ranks of freedom struggle and embraced martyrdom. These personalities add to the pride of nations and are actually gift of almighty to these nations.”
Dr Guru showed the characteristics of a Godly-person and today more than two decades after his martyrdom, Kashmir is yet to produce any one like him, JKLF leader said.
Dr Guru was first Kashmiri Muslim who started open heart surgery in Kashmir and wrote a new chapter in medical history of this poor nation. His efforts for making Soura Medical Institute a well established health centre is well known. His relentless work for educating new doctors and elevating them to new heights was unparallel. He was a selfless noble soul who always thought about the poor and destitute. He opened many healthcare centres in the entire Kashmir where poor patients were treated free of cost.
“A Sarai (home) for the poor patients and their attendants outside Barzulla B&J hospital still reminds us about his philanthropy. The mosques and darasgahs opened by him remind us about his Islamic belief and wisdom. JVC Medical College and hospital and other institutes remind us about his vision and all these works are a clear evidence of his towering personality,” Butt said.
The best part of Dr Guru’s life is that he without looking towards his status and position, joined freedom struggle and started the journey on thorny path along with other JKLF members.
“He not only actively worked on the internal front of the movement but was very active on external diplomatic front also. Nothing could deter Shaheed-e-Hikmat’s resolve and he continued his journey and achieved martyrdom on 1st of April 1993. His brother-in-law Mian Ashiq Hussein also fell to the bullets of India,” Butt said.
“A people’s movement started by personalities like Shaheed-e-Hikamt will be taken to its desired goal at every cost,” JKLF acting chairman said.