LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami chief Senator Sirajul Haq has said that the martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani at the hands of the Indian forces in held Kashmir during Eid days mirrored the brutalities of the occupation army over the Kashmiris.

He was talking to media men after leading prayer in absentia of Kashmiri commander and icon social worker Abdus Sattar Edhi, at Mansoora.

JI central leaders including JI Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, Maulana Abdul Ma’lik and Mian Maqsud Ahmed were also present.

Sirajul Haq said that the Modi government had given a license to the occupation forces in Held Kashmir to kill Kashmiri youth for the use of social media in support of their right to self determination. He said that Commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani had been martyred in a fake encounter after which the occupation forces had opened firing at his funeral procession killing eight others.

The JI chief said that the continuation of the Kashmiris’ freedom movement despite the presence of eight lakh Indian troops in Held Kashmir was an indication that the freedom movement could not be crushed through genocide.

The JI chief said that India was also tightening the noose against world fame preacher Dr Zakir Naik in Kashmir as well as India and linking him with the terrorists.  However, he said that ban on Dr Zakir Naik and his channel would be considered an attack on the millions of Indian Muslims like the attack at the Babri mosque.

Sirajul Haq deplored that while Indian army was carrying out the genocide of the Kashmiris, the rulers in Islamabad were crazy for friendship and trade with India. He said it was primarily due to the pro- India policies of Islamabad that the Kashmiris were still far from their destination.

However, he said the Pakistani nation stood by the Kashmiris and it had never tolerated anyone who betrayed their cause. Kashmiri were struggling for the completion of Pakistan as the valley was the life line of Pakistan, he said.

Quran Khawani: Quran Khawani was held for the late Abdul Sattar Edhi at all centres of Edhi Foundation here on Saturday.

According to Edhi Foundation spokesman, hundreds of people including women participated in the ceremony. They paid glowing tribute to the great philanthropist and appreciated his works for the needy and ailing humanity. His services could never be forgotten, the participants said.

Ghiabana Namaz-e-Janaza would be held for Edhi at 11:00 am at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park on Sunday.

Revered as hero Abdul Sattar Edhi set up a system of service in 1951 after coming to Pakistani Karachi from Indian Gujrat. Content with just two sets of clothes, he set up a safety net for Pakistan's poor and destitute, filling the gap left by a lack of welfare state for the past six decades.

In the sticky streets in the heart of Karachi, Edhi, full of idealism and hope, opened his first clinic in 1951. He initially started as a peddler, later became a commission agent selling cloth in the wholesale market. After a few years, he established a free dispensary with the help from his community. He later established Edhi Trust.

He founded the Edhi Foundation, with an initial sum of Rs 5,000. His mother used to give him 1 paisa for his daily eat and another to give to a beggar.  At the age of 19, his mother passed away after an eight year paralysis from a stroke that sparked his struggle to develop a system of services for old, mentally ill and challenged people.