SRINAGAR, Feb 10 (SABAH): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed and a march will be conducted towards the UN Office at Sonawar in Srinagar, today (Sunday), to mark the martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt.
Call for the shutdown and the march has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to press the demand for the return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and another Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru to their families. India had hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 11th February in 1984 and Muhammad Afzal Guru in the same jail on 9th February, 2013, for their role in the Kashmir freedom movement. Their bodies remain buried in the premises of the jail.
The puppet authorities put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Umar Aadil Dar and Syed Imtiaz Haider under house arrest or in detention to prevent them from leading the march.
The Joint Resistance Leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the hanging of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru was like a black page in the judicial history. It condemned the puppet authorities for imposing restrictions to prevent people from conducting various programmes in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of the martyred leaders.
Meanwhile a memorandum framed by Kashmir’s Joint Resistance Leadership to seek return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru from Tihar Jail was read and adopted in masjids across Kashmir on Friday.
The memorandum stated: “This gathering demands the return of the mortal remains of foremost resistance leader of Kashmir Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and great warrior Muhammad Afzal Guru who are buried at Tihar Jail Delhi and stresses upon international human rights organizations to play their role to bring back these remains.”
“The gathering reiterates that the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris are unforgettable and the movement for which people, including Bhat and Guru, laid down their lives will continue at every cost till the goal is achieved,” it added.
“This gathering demands an early release of thousands of Kashmiris including Dr Muhammad QasimFaktoo, MasratAlamBhat, Muhammad ShafiShariati, GhulamQadir Butt, Syed SajidBukhari, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmed Fantoosh, Muhammad Ayaz Akbar, PirSaifullah, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, MerajuddinKalwal, Naeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, ShahidYousuf Shah, Kamran Yousuf, Javed Ahmed, Muhammad AslamWani, Zahoor Ahmad Wattali, Aqib Ahmed, GhulamJeelani, Farooq Ahmad Dugha, Muhammad Siddique Ganie, Muzaffar Ahmed and many others who have been languishing in jails from decades now and wants to make clear that incarcerations and oppressive tactics can never suppress our legitimate struggle,” the memorandum stated.
It further stated: “The gathering strongly condemns the ongoing killing spree by forces, intimidations, arrests and incarcerating or house arresting leadership, banning and choking peaceful political resistance programs and space and demand from international community to play its role to put an end to these gruesome atrocities being committed against Kashmiris.”