While paying rich tributes to the Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guroo on their martyrdom anniversaries, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani called for complete and state-wide shutdown on 9 and 11 February and appealed people to hold special prayers on the respective days. While reiterating his demand for the return back of the mortal remains of both the martyrs who were buried in the Tihar Jail premises, Geelani said that although it is purely a 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 to KNS, Geelani said that Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Gooru are heroes of the Kashmiri nation and we are proud of them. Kashmiri nation is resisting the forced and illegal occupation of India from last 69 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 Guroo 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 Shaheed 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 the Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guroo’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 that the best way of paying tributes to the Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guroo is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil who had sacrificed their “present” for the future of the nation. While appealing for complete shutdown on 9 and 11 February and organizing of special prayers, Geelani said that until the mortal remains of both the martyrs is not returned back to their families, the whole nation will not let down this demand.
2015 Kashmir Despatch