RAWALKOT: To mark 25th death anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed, Kashmiris observed a day-long shutdown called at the both sides of Line of Control. The pro-freedom parties organized seminars and peaceful rallies in varies part of Kashmir and Pakistan.
In Rawalkot, thousands of JKLF activists staged a protest march shouting slogans carrying banners and posters. Paying rich tributes on the 25th death anniversary of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, JKLF Chairman Sardar Sagheer said: “We have to remain united and take steps wisely in order to take our freedom struggle to its completion. The precious sacrifices of our martyrs have brought our struggle to international focus. We have to foil all the attempts of conspirators to safeguard our sacrifices.”
He reiterated his stand of continuing with the freedom struggle of Kashmir and appealed people to act wisely to strengthen the Kashmir cause. “Our sacrifices won’t go in vain and we will never allow anyone to sell out these sacrifices,”
Meanwhile, a large number of people participated in a peaceful rally held, on the eve of the 25th martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt.
The rally organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front started from Boys college and culminated at Katchari Chowk after passing through several localities of the city. People on the occasion raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.
It was on February 11 in 1984 that Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged to death by the Indian authorities in Tihar Jail, Delhi, for his leading role in Kashmiris’ liberation struggle. His dead body was clandestinely buried in the jail premises and Kashmiris have been demanding the shifting of his mortal remains to occupied Kashmir for proper burial.
Another Peaceful rally was organized in Mirpur, leading By JKLF (Yasin Malik group) Yasin Malik. Paying rich tributes to the martyred leader, the JKLF (Yasin Malik group ) Chairman, , said that “We repeat our demands that the mortal remains of the martyr Bhatt should be given to the people of Kashmir and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front”.-SANA