Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday paid tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Bhat on his 34th death anniversary and said ‘we are duty bound to safeguard these sacrifices’.
While reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, he said that although it is purely a human rights issue, India refused to return their mortal remains.
Geelani spokesman said, “no country other than India set this precedence and in this way. Its claim of being the largest democracy in the world is getting badly exposed.”
Reiterating Joint Leadership’s call for complete and state-wide shut down on February 11, Geelani said that nations never forget their heroes. “They are the source of inspiration for us & 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.”
“We have presented unparalleled sacrifice and now it is very imperative and obligatory to safeguard them,” said Geelani and added that we need to check loopholes & control our feeble points as all these weaknesses harm cherished mission of our martyrs, he said.
Geelani called on the nation to exhibit steadfastness and unanimity and ‘keep aloof from India and its local stooges’.
“Don’t support them as all these activities prove detrimental for our freedom movement,” he said.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Geelani a deputation comprising of Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Mukhtar Ahmad and Rameez Raja visited the residence of Afzal Guru and presented Tafheem-ul-Quran to his son Galib Guru and expressed their sympathy and solidarity.
The deputation also visited incarcerated activist in Tihar jail Ahtisham Farooq and expressed their condolences over the demise of his grandmother. The deputation prayed for the departed soul and for the strength to the grieved family.