Srinagar, February 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has paid glowing tributes to prominent Kashmiri martyrs, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, ahead of their martyrdom anniversaries.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the sacrifices rendered by Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afazl Guru were a glorious chapter of Kashmir’s resistance history. India not only sent these leaders to gallows but also kept their mortal remains under its custody till now, the statement added.

“The struggle, passion for freedom and sacrifices of these great Kashmiris will always remain a beacon light for Kashmiri people,” the JRL said. “The martyrdom of Muhammad Maqbool Butt will always guide us through the tough journey of freedom struggle. Maqbool Butt strived for freedom of Kashmir and kissed the gallows for the sacred cause,” it added.

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in its statement terming Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru and all other martyrs as heroes of Kashmiri people said that these ideological martyrs were the torch-bearers of Kashmir’s resistance movement.

Senior APHC leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, who is illegally detained in Kathua Jail in Jammu, in a statement also eulogized the sacrifices of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru for the Kashmir cause. Hurriyat leaders, Bilal Siddiqi, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi War and JKLF-R in their statements also paid tributes to the martyrs.

It is to mention here that India had hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 11th February in 1984 and Muhammad Afzal Guru in the same jail on 9th February, 2013. Dead bodies of both the leaders remain buried in the premises of the jail.

On the other hand a signature campaign has been launched in Srinagar and Badgam areas to demand the remains of the Kashmiri martyrs Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.


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