JRL calls shutdown on Bhat, Guru anniversaries

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on February 9 and February 11 to observe death anniversaries of parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat.

The JRL comprising Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement, issued here, said that the “struggle and sacrifices rendered by great leaders of Kashmiri freedom struggle Muhammad Maqbool Butt and son of Kashmir Muhammad Afzal Guru is a glorious chapter of our resistance history.”

“On the martyrdom day of Afzal Guru on Friday February 9 a complete strike will be observed across the Valley. A memorandum will also be read and passed by people in every Masjid on the occasion,” the joint Hurriyat said.
The Hurriyat while recalling the “sacrifice of Maqbool Butt” called for complete shutdown on Sunday, 11th February, and asked people to march to United Nations observers’ office at Sonwar Srinagar and present a memorandum to UN secretary general demanding for the return of mortal remains of Butt and Guru.

Earlier talking to Rising Kashmir, Mirwaiz said India not only hanged these “ Kashmiris, but also has kept their mortal remains under its custody, which exposes the secular character of this great democracy.”
The JRL further said that the struggle and sacrifices of these “brave sons of the soil” will always guide them through the tough journey of freedom struggle.

“Maqbool Butt strived for freedom of Kashmir and kissed gallows for the sacred cause, while Afzal Guru kissed gallows and refused to surrender before tyranny,” reads the JRL statement.
The leaders said that the way Kashmiris were hanged on the pretext of “satisfying collective conscience of Indians” is a glaring example of “oppression and tyrannical attitude”. “Kashmiris will never forget these sacrifices and will keep demanding for the mortal remains of their loved ones,” they added.
Maqbool Bhat was a Kashmiri separatist and co-founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. He was hanged on February 11, 1984 in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Guru was convicted for his role in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. Following the rejection of his mercy petition by the President of India, he was executed on 9 February 2013.