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JRL petitions UN Chief for return of mortal remains

Srinagar, February 12, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has sent a memorandum to the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, seeking his help for the return of mortal remains of prominent liberation leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to their families.

Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru were executed and buried inside the premises of New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. The memorandum reads that on behalf of the people of JandK, “We want to convey the overwhelming desire of our people to get the mortal remains of our martyrs Butt and Guru to give them a dignified burial they deserve”.

“The two prominent heroes of Kashmir freedom struggle were executed in the Tihar jail of New Delhi on February 11, 1984 and on February 9, 2013,” the memorandum reads. “It is not only our assertion but the opinion of many human rights organisations, activists and justice-loving people around the globe that execution of both ideologues was based on politically-motivated judgments and against all norms of justice and fairness. They were executed just to satisfy the collective conscience of the Indian society rather than on the basis of concrete evidence or the principle of fair justice,” the memorandum reads.

“As the saying goes that ‘there is no crueller tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice, both were hanged under the same shield of law and in the name of justice”, the memorandum reads. “What could be crueller than even denying the legal right of their proper burial and funeral to their near and dear ones?”

The memorandum further states that both Guru and Butt being prominent heroes of Kashmir freedom struggle, it has been the constant demand of the people of JandK to get their mortal remains so that they are given an appropriate and dignified burial.

“The demand is completely genuine and in accordance with the principles of law and justice. However, the successive governments of India have rejected this demand and refused to return the mortal remains of the two martyrs to the people,” it reads. “The people of JandK are engaged in a struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination that has been accrued to them through UN charter and various United Nations resolutions for the past seven decades and the government of India has been using all possible methods of suppression and coercion to silence the voice of the people.”

The memorandum reads that February 9 and 11 being the anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt respectively, “We appeal your Excellency to effectively take up the issue with the government of India for the return of their mortal remains to their kith and the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

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