Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Saturday paid tributes to Maqbool Bhat on his 34th anniversary saying people were duty bound to safeguard these sacrifices.
While reiterating his demand for the return of the mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, Geelani in his statement said: “Although it is purely a human issue, instead India refused to return their mortal remains.”
Geelani said: “No country other than India set this wrong precedence and in this way its claim of being a largest democracy in the world is getting exposed.”
Reiterating joint leadership’s call for complete and state-wide shut down on 11th February, Syed Ali Geelani said that nations never forget their heroes.
“They are source of inspiration for us and the best way of paying tributes to them is that the nation should not forget these brave sons of the soil, who had sacrificed their present for the future of the nation,” Geelani said, adding: “We have presented unparalleled sacrifice and now it is very imperative and obligatory to safeguard them. We need to check loopholes and control our feeble points as all these weaknesses harm cherished mission of our youth.”
Syed Ali Geelani “called upon nation to exhibit steadfastness and unity, and keep distantance from India and its local stooges.”
“Don’t support them as all these activities prove detrimental for our movement,” Geelani said.
A separate Hurriyat (G) statement said on the directions of Syed Ali Geelani a deputation comprising of Mohammad Rafiq Owasi, Mukhtar Ahmad and Rameez Raja visited residence of late Mohammad Afzal Guru and presented Tafheem-ul-Quran to his son Galib Guru.
“The team expressed their sympathy and solidarity.”
The deputation also visited incarcerated activist in Tihar jail Ahtisham Farooq and expressed their condolences over the demise of his grandmother, statement said, adding the deputation prayed for the departed soul and for the strength to bereaved family.