Altaf Hamid Rao;
MIRPUR, (Parliament Times): The 8th martyrdom anniversary of illustrious young Kashmir freedom struggle leader shaheed Afzal Guru was observed across Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday with due solemnity and reverence.
The valiant Kashmir freedom struggle leader Dr. Afzal Guru had been put to gallows this day eight years ago in 2013 in New Delhi’s notorious Tihar Jail in a fake charge of attack on the Indian Parliament – mere for his “offence’’ of raising voice for the grant of Kashmiris legitimate right of self determination through liberation of the homeland from long Indian shackles. Special ceremonies to pay rich tributes to the eminent hero of the Kashmir freedom struggle were held in various AJK district headquarters including the State’s metropolis AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider paid rich tributes to shaheed Kashmiri freedom fighter in a statement on the eve of his 8th martyrdom anniversary. He declared the sad demise of Afzal Guru as judicial killing and worst violation of human rights at the hands of fascist India and her occupational forces in internationally acknowledged Indian Illegally occupied Jammu Kashmir State. Haider paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, on their martyrdom anniversaries being observed on February 11 and February 09 respectively.
Visiting Chairman of UK-based Kashmiris rights outfit Global Pakistan Kashmir Supreme Council [GPKSC] Raja Sikander Khan said here on Tuesday while paying rich tributes of shaheed Afzal Guroo and Maqbool Butt that the martyrdoms were an inseparable part of the ongoing Kashmir liberation movement and the Kashmiri people would protect the supreme sacrifices of their martyrs and take their mission to its logical end. Speaking at a condolence reference held here Tuesday under the auspices of his organization to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Afzal Guroo, the GPKSC Chairma termed the hangings of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru as judicial murders and said that India did not fulfill legal requirements while executing the two great heroes of the Kashmir freedom struggle. Raja Sikander Khan said with all that brutality and cruelty India could not kill the freedom sentiment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir but had strengthened the resolve and commitment of the Kashmiris towards their indigenous struggle for liberation of the motherland from long forced Indian colonial rule .