Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has paid rich tributes to Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru on their anniversaries.
Reiterating his demand for return of the mortal remains of both Bhat and Guru who were buried inside Tihar Jail, Geelani said: “Although it is a purely human issue, but India is very reluctant to this demand thereby violating all the principles of morality and constitution and in this way its claim of ‘largest democracy in the world’ is getting badly exposed.”
In a statement issued Geelani said, “Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru are heroes of the Kashmiri nation and we are proud of them. Kashmiri nation is resisting the forced and illegal occupation of India from past 71 years and during this period thousands of our valiant and bold people have sacrificed their precious lives for this cause but the Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru are two separate cases among these who were detained, executed and buried in the same jail and in same month.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman said that Mohammad Maqbool Bhat has a special status in the freedom struggle of Kashmir and if he can be termed as the first solider of the struggle then Mohammad Afzal Guru’s ‘last letter’ became a new milestone of the freedom struggle and set a new trend.
“His last letter clearly depicts that he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience,” Geelani said.
He said Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru “are the source of inspiration for us and the best way of paying tributes to them is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil, who had sacrificed their present for the future of the nation”.
Geelani said that until the mortal remains are not returned back to their families, Kashmiris will not let down this demand.