MIRPUR (AJK) - Azad Jammu & Kashmir people observed the 29th martyrdom anniversary of eminent leader of Kashmir Freedom Movement Muhammad Maqbool Butt with the renewal of the pledge to continue his mission till the achievement of the  Kashimirs legitimate right to self determination.

Rallies were taken out in all small and major towns of the liberated territory to pay glorious tributes to Shaheed Maqbool Butt who was put to gallows by India this day in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1984 for his demand of getting 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 organisations 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 organisations including Jammu & 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 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 at Mumtaz Banquet Hall. Addressing the rally speakers including Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front from occupied Kashmir Muhammad Yasin Mallick, elderly Kashmiri leader and former President of JKLF Amanullah Khan, President of Jammu Kashmir Plebiscite Front Nasir Insari Advocate, the Front’s ex President   Muhammad Azeem Dutt Advocate, central leaders of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Conference Muhammad Ramzan Dutt Advocate, Manzoor Ahmed Chshti, Touqeer Gillani, Hameed Butt, Mir Sideeque, Raja Mujtaba  and others paid rich tributes to Maqbool Butt.

The 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. They 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.

They said the best way to pay rich tributes to late Maqbool Butt is to continue the mission of the leader of the freedom struggle till the achievement of the goal. They said that the prime sacrifice of life of Maqbool Butt is the beacon light for the Kashmiri people in their indigenous struggle for freedom.

Strongly condemning and protesting over  the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, the speakers  stated that Guru was wrongly implicated  in the case as he was already behind bars in the Indian prison on the day of reported attack on the Indian parliament’s building in New Delhi in 2001. They called upon the International court of justice to constitute an inquiry commission to probe in to judicial murder of Afzal Guru.

They urged the United Nations as well as International Human Rights Organisations especially the Amnesty International to immediately move against the continued genocide of the innocent Kashmiris in Indian-held Kashmir. They lamented India for constantly acting upon her traditional policy of deviation and stubbornness with the ulterior motives to continue depriving Kashmiris their right to self determination.

They demanded inclusion of Jammu Kashmir people, major party to the Kashmir dispute, in the  dialogue between India and Pakistan for the early peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.

Earlier, a large number of the activists of JKNLF, JKLF, Plebiscite Front, NSF and other social and political organisations took out a torch-bearing procession at Shaheed Chowk to eulogise the contribution of the martyred Kashmiri leader to the freedom struggle. The participants of the rally put on the candles of freedom in memory of the Kashmiri martyrs coupled with the renewal of the pledge to continue the mission of late Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru and other Kashmiri martyrs.