Srinagar, February 03, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has issued a ten-day programme to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of liberation leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, and press the demand for return of their mortal remains from New Delhi’s Tihar jail. The JKLF announced the programme after a meeting in Srinagar presided over by its Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Announcing the ten-day programme, Yasin Malik said that on February 3, condolence programmes would be held in Pulwama and Shopian, on February 4 in Baramulla and Bandipora, on February 6 in Islamabad and Kulgam, on February 7 in Ganderbal, Badgam and Kupwara districts and on February 10 across the Jammu region. He said that on February 9, the JKLF would organize a protest rally in Lal Chowk Srinagar.
The JKLF Chairman said that programmes would also be held in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan as well as the US, UK, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Brussels, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Yasin Malik said that February 11 held an important place in Kashmir’s history. “On this day in 1984 our great leader and ideologue Muhammad Maqbool Butt refused to budge before oppression and embraced martyrdom on gallows. Lacs of Kashmiris followed the footsteps of Maqbool Butt and rendered sacrifices for the freedom struggle,” he stated.
The JKLF Chairman said that Muhammad Afzal Guru following Butt’s footsteps also kissed the gallows. “India on February 9, 2013, repeated its tyrannical approach when it sent Guru to gallows. Like Maqbool Butt, in blatant disregard for moral and legal practices, the Government of India buried Afzal Guru at Tihar Jail and refused to hand over his mortal remains,” he deplored.
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