Srinagar, Feb 7: The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has paid glowing tributes to late Maqbool Bhat and other martyrs and has urged people to observe complete shutdown on February 11, Monday.
“The best way to pay tributes to martyrs is that we should strive for taking their mission to its logical end,” said Geelani in a statement from New Delhi.
He described Maqbool Bhat as illustrious son of the soil who with his endeavor not only stood up against the tyranny and forced control of Jammu Kashmir but also sacrificed his life for the sacred cause. “After29 years of his martyrdom, we as a nation face several serious issues that demand our immediate attention,” said Geelani, adding that “Thousands of innocent people have laid down their lives and continue to offer the same since the day Maqbool Bhat was awarded death sentence. The people who have sacrificed their precious lives include intellectuals, doctors, engineers, lawyers, students and businessmen and we need to deliberate over whether these martyrs while laying down their life had fixed any specific time period for achieving the goal of freedom and asked us to give up struggle and save the generation and engage ourselves in futile talks if the goal was not achieved till that specific time. Obviously they had not stated it but had rather expected that, come what may, the people would safeguard their sacrifices and take their unfinished mission to its logical end without showing signs of exhaustion.”
Maqbool Bhat pride of Kashmir: JKLF
The acting chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat on Thursday described late Maqbool Bhat as national symbol, identity and pride of Kashmiris.
“His struggle and sacrifices are the golden pages of our five thousand year old history,” he said while speaking at a meeting held in Ganderbal district today in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of late Maqbool Bhat.
JKLF leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi,Sheikh Khalid Mubarak, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, district president Ganderbal Bashir Ahmad Rather alias Boya, activists and party workers, kith and kin of martyrs and other people participated in the program.
Meanwhile, a JKLF spokesman said the Front would organize a protest rally in connection with the “Maqbool day” on Friday. The rally would start from Maqbool Manzil here.
He was torch bearer of struggle: Nayeem Khan
Jammu and Kashmir National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan has described Muhammad Maqbool Bhat as a torch bearer of the ongoing struggle.
Paying rich tributes to late Maqbool Bhat on his 29th martyrdom anniversary, Khan reiterated the pledge to take his mission to its logical end.
“The caravan of Bhat’s followers will continue its struggle till his dream is achieved,” said Khan while speaking to the office bearers at party head office here.
He remembered all the martyrs and said that those who laid down their lives to achieve freedom are the real heroes because they sacrificed their precious lives for a great cause.
JKLF (H) carries out signature campaign in old city
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (H) on Thursday carried out its signature campaign in different areas of old city here to press for the demand for return of the mortal remains of late Muhammad Maqbool Bhat to Valley from Tihar Jail, New Delhi.
The JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat was sent to gallows on February 11, 1984, at Tihar Jail, New Delhi, and his body was buried in the jail premises only.
A large number of people including Front leaders and activists participated in the signature campaign.
Maqbool Bhat crusader of century: JKLF( R)
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) on Thursday described late Maqbool Bhat as a great crusader of this century, reiterating the pledge to take his mission of independent Kashmir to its logical end.
“Shaheed Bhat’s followers will continue their struggle till his dream of independent Jammu and Kashmir is completely achieved,” said the Front leaders while speaking at public meetings held on Thursday in Budgam and Baramulla districts as a part of Hafta Shahadat to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the JKLF founder.
In district Budgam, the meeting was presided over by district president Zahir Abbas and while in district Baramulla the meeting was presided over by the district president Ghulam Nabi Bhat.