Altaf Hamid Rao;
MIRPUR (AJK): The 45th martyrdom anniversary of the Kashmiri martyrs of London – Hanif Shaheed and Basharat Shaheed, was observed in Azad Jammu Kashmir on Tuesday with full respect and honor and with the renewal of the pledge to continue the mission of the Kashmiri martyrs till the liberation of occupied Jammu Kashmir from the Indian clutches.
Special ceremonies to observe the martyrdom day of the martyrs of London were held at the mausoleum of Bashrat Shaheed at Palak village and Hanif Shaheed in Mirpur city Tuesday morning.
Senior AJK govt. officials besides notables representing diverse segments of the civil society from different parts of Mirpur and AJK including Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Tayyeb Chaudhry, DIG Police Mirpur Range Sardar Naeem Deputy Commissioner Ansar Yaqoob, ADC (G) Farooq Akram, PML (N) leader and City Administer Mirza Tahir Mahmood, ex AJK govt. Advisor Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, President Mian Muhammad Buksh Society Babu Muhammad Sideeque Ch., Head Teacher Govt. Pilot School and Additional District Education Office Ch. Ajayab Hussain, DBA President Ch. Aziz, ex Chairman MDA and PTI AJK district President Ch. Muhammad Sideeque Advocate, senior Kashmiri journalist Altaf Hamid Rao, Presidents of Markazi Anjuman e Tajran Chaudhry Muhammad Naeem and Raja Khalid Mahmood and others placed the floral wreath at the mausoleum of the Kashmiri martyr Haneef Shaheed at Markazi Eid garh graveyard here Thursday morning.
Dignitaries from various parts of the district also attended the ceremony. They also offered fateha for the departed soul. Another similar ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Basharat Shaheed at Palak near here besides placing the floral wrath at that Mazar.
Speakers on both of the occasions paid rich tributes to the two Kashmir-born British nationals hailing from Mirpur Azad Kashmir – Bashrat Shaheed and Hanif Shaheed and their companion Ghazi Dalawar- who made hostage the staff of the Indian High Commission in London this day in 1973 at the toy-gun point with the demand for the release of 90 thousand Pakistanis who were made prisoners of war (POWs) during fall of Dacca in 1971.
Major ceremony to mark the anniversary of the two Kashmiri martyrs of London was held at the mausoleum of Haneef Shaheed at Markazi Eid Gah graveyard here Tuesday. The well uniformed students of Govt. Pilot Secondary School Mirpur presented salute and march past to the young Kashmiri martyr who laid down his life for maintaining the dignity and honor of Pakistan and the national Kashmir cause.
Speakers including the chief guest of the ceremony – Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Tayyeb, city Administrator Mirza Tahir Mahmood, retired Taxation officer Mirpur Municipality K.D. Chaudhry, Ch. Ajayab Hussain and others said that the best way to pay glorious tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs of London is this that we should follow their foot steps in letter and spirit to join the struggle for getting the occupied Jammu Kashmir liberated from the Indian yoke and to materialize the dream of accession of entire Jammu Kashmir state to Pakistan – which is the sole destination of Jammu Kashmir people living at either side of the line of control and rest of the world.
Muhammad Tayyeb said that the sacrifices of lives given by these two Kashmiri youths this day 45 years ago on February 20, 1973 by making hostage the inmates of the Indian high commission in London through toy pistols to press for acceptance of their demand for the release of 90 thousand Pakistani POWs under the spirit of deep-rooted love for Pakistan are the beacon light and the mile stone in the history of struggle for freedom of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Divisional Commissioner said that a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan is the guarantee of freedom of Kashmir. Speakers called for lending all possible potentials for strengthening Pakistan to reach the ultimate destination of freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian yoke. Tayyeb recalled out that the Kashmiris given sacrifices for the sake of the two-nation theory during Pakistan and later – continuing sacrifices of their lives so far – for the cause of freedom of the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
Speakers said that it was the result of the continued supreme sacrifices of the valuable lives of Kashmiri martyrs, India recognized the disputed status of Jammu & Kashmir. Speakers emphasized the need for early peaceful resolution of the lingering Kashmir and other long standing issues for ensuring early grant of the right to self determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
Speakers called for the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue through the composite Indo-Pak dialogue according to the aspirations of the Jammu & Kashmir people. Speakers urged the world community to exert due pressure on India to move for resolving the 71 years old issue of Kashmir to get the south Asian region rid of the prevailing unrest.
Speakers also called upon the international community including the major powers to perform their due global obligations by exerting pressure on India to brush aside her traditional delaying tactics and stubborn aproach to ensure the early peaceful settlement of the core issue of Kashmir for grant of right of self determination to Kashmiris under UN resolutions for the sake of emergence of permanent and ever-lasting peace in South Asia.