MIRPUR (AJK)

People Jammu and Kashmir on either sides of the line of control and rest of the world on Tuesday observed 30th anniversary of hanging of eminent leader of Kashmir Freedom Movement Muhammad Maqbool Butt with the renewal of pledge to carry forward his mission till the achievement of the Kashimirs legitimate right to self-determination under the spirit of the UN resolutions.

Processions were taken out and rallies were held in all small and major towns on both sides of the LoC to pay glorious tributes to Shaheed Maqbool Butt who was put to gallows by India on this day in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1984 for his “offense” of demanding the birth right to self-determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir state under the spirit of the international norms and commitments to this direction.

According to the host organization which arranged special functions in Mirpur to observe the anniversary of one of the founders leader of the Kashmir freedom struggle, a joint demonstration was staged coupled with a big procession taken out by various social, political and student organizations including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Conference, Jammu Kashmir Plebiscite Front, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation, J & K Students Liberation Front and other groups, to pay glorious tributes to the eminent hero of the Kashmir Freedom struggle. The demonstrating people marched through the major city streets in separate procession taken out from Akber Road and Quaid-e-Azam chowk, chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans besides the slogans in commemoration of the supreme sacrifices of lives by Maqbool Butt and other Kashmiri martyrs.

The procession converged into a mammoth rally. Addressing the rally speakers including acting President Muhammad Maskeen Aasi, the Front’s former president Muhammad Azeem Dutt, JKPF Secretary General Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Zulfiqar Ali Ansari, former councillor Haji Muhammad Nazir Anjam, Muhammad Ajayab Janjua, central leaders of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Conference Muhammad Ramzan Dutt, Central Vice Chairman Jammu Kashmir Students Liberation Front Saad Ansari, Hameed Butt, Mir Sideeque, Raja Mujtaba and others paid rich  tributes to Maqbool Butt for giving the supreme sacrifice of his life for the cause of the liberation of Jammu & Kashmir from the Indian yoke. Speakers reiterated Kashmiris resolve to continue their mission for bringing the Kashmir freedom struggle to its logical end.

Speakers called upon the international community to exert pressure on India to immediately handover the mortal remains of Maqbool Butt shaheed to his family members and friends for its proper burial with traditional religious respect and honour.

Speakers said that Maqbool Butt’s Martyrdom day of February 11, 1984  is the black day  in the history of Kashmir Freedom movement when on this day India deprived Kashmiris a great hero of their just and principled freedom struggle. They said that sacrifice of life by Maqbool Butt infused a new spirit and resolve among Kashmiris to accelerate their struggle for the achievement of their fundamental right of self determination constantly being denied by India since last 66 years.

Speakers said “best way to pay rich tributes to late Maqbool Butt  and late Afzal Guru is to continue the mission of the departed founder leader of the freedom struggle till the achievement of the goal”. They said that the prime sacrifice of life of shaheed Maqbool Butt is the beacon light for the Kashmiri people in their indigenous struggle for freedom.

Strongly condemning and protesting over  the hanging of  Kashmiri freedom-monger Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9 last year,  speakers  stated that Guru was wrongly implicated  in the case as he was already behind the bars in the Indian prison on the day of reported attack on the Indian parliament’s building in New Delhi in 2001”.

Speakers reiterated their demand before the International court of justice to institute an inquiry commission to probe in to judicial murder of Afzal Guru. They urged upon United Nations as well as International Human Rights Organizations especially the Amnesty International to immediately move against the continued genocide of the innocent Kashmiris in Indian-held Kashmir.