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Gumshuda Sitarey – tales of unsung heroes released in IOK

Srinagar, January 08, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Gumshuda Sitarey, a book on unsung heroes of Kashmir written by senior journalist and writer Zahirud Din was released in Srinagar, the other day. The book according to its author features untold stories of 90 heroes of Kashmir, who fought the Dogra oppression and participated in the post-Partition struggle. Besides, five unsung heroines have also been included in the book that had shown resistance and courage to fight the oppression. The book was released by noted human rights activist and senior Advocate Parvez Imroz. Explaining the bravery and courage of the heroes, the author Zahirud Din read out excerpts of the book that brought out untold facts about many massacres in occupied Kashmir.

He said the book tries to feature heroic stories of resistance, courage and freedom struggle that most people in Kashmir are unaware of. The author also said that search would continue till every hero of Kashmir’s resistance would be featured. “There were many brave people who have contributed to the resistance. We will try to feature the contributions of those people whose stories are undocumented and untold in any book before this,” he added.

Some of the prominent heroes mentioned in the book are GN Gilkar, KH Khurshid, Allah Rakha Sagar, Akhter Mohiud Din, Muhammad Yousuf Khan, Noor Muhammad Sofi and Muhammad Sultan Khan. The Urdu version Gumshuda Sitarey has 105 such profiles.

Speaking on the occasion, Parvez Imroz said remembrance is the only weapon to sustain the movement. Hailing the author for his efforts to compile the book on unsung heroes, Imroz said similar books were needed to expose the collaborators as well. He said, these people have shown extraordinary courage to fight the occupation and history needs to be written from the neutral viewpoint.

“Most of the books have been written by the collaborators who have been involved in torture, and the cycle of human rights in Kashmir. The collaborators have shown history and Kashmir from a biased viewpoint that glorifies someone and shows someone else in unfavourable light,” he added.

Professor Hameeda Nayeem, who is also a civil society member said, “The Indian establishment has tried the defacement of Kashmiri people but resistance in Kashmir is a continuous process and would not fade.” Others who spoke on the occasion included Farooq Ahmad Wani, Akhter Mohiud Din’s son Hilal Akhter, Masoodul Hasan Kanth and Professor Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh.

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