MIRPUR (AJK)

Rich tributes were paid to renowned Kashimiri leader and founder of Jammu & Kashmir People’s National Party Barrister Qurban Ali at his third death anniversary in acknowledgement of his life-time services to the Kashmir cause and to secure and safeguard the rights of the suppressed classes of the society.

The ceremony was hosted by Raja Zulfiqar Ahmed Advocate, the central secretary general of JK PNP, while Justice (r) Abdul Majeed Mallick, ex chief justice of AJK High Court and President of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League and JK PNP Central President Sardar Sagheer Ahmed Advocate also attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, speakers paid rich tributes to Barrister Qurban and vowed that fight for the emancipation of the people of the J&K state will continue through the achievement of their legitimate right to self determination and the early success of Kashmir freedom struggle.

They observed that the departed Barrister Qurban brought the downtrodden and working classes in Azad Jammu & Kashmir for the better living of people and socialistic pattern of society free from any kind of exploitation by the ruling classes. “The departed Kashmiri leader also championed the cause of independence and unity of the state on perfect progressive principles,” they underlined.

The speakers called for early settlement of Kashmir conflict to ensure the grant of legitimate right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to enable them to decide about their destiny under the moral and legal principles of international norms and commitments. “The early peaceful solution to Kashmir conflict is beneficial for both the nuclear rivals - India and Pakistan,” they underlined.

They recalled that the demise of Barrister Qurban was an irreparable loss to the Kashmir freedom struggle, and the progressive circles. They said that the late leader struggled hard throughout his life for the elimination of class system. The life-time services of Barrister Qurban to the Kashmir cause and against the suppressive forces for the elimination of class system will always be remembered, they said.

The participants prayed for peace and rest of the departed soul in eternal peace and grant of fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. Barrister Qurban Ali had died in a United Kingdom hospital in July 2012 after prolonged illness and was buried in his native town Mirpur the next day.