Islamabad: The Ummat e Islami Jammu Kashmir has strongly condemned the police action of disallowing a blood donation camp and public rally organised by the party on Friday to pay tributes to Shaheed Maqbool Butt and Shaheed Afzal Guru.
After giving slip to the police for several days, police earlier arrested the UeI chairman and Mirwaiz South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, on Thursday from a meeting finalising arrangements of Friday blood camp and rally ahead of Maqbool Butt’s death anniversary today. Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir was supposed to lead a protest rally after Friday prayers and also carry out the blood donation camp for public.
A party spokesperson said that the police didn’t allow hospital authorities to make arrangements for blood donation camp. “The party secretary Javid Reshi was arrested along with damaging the arrangements. Police also confiscated the material for the blood donation camp including banners etc. Such a brazen show of inhumanity by the police is only an eye opener. It is highly condemnable that even a noble cause like blood donation is stopped and is seen as threat to peace by the authorities,” he said.
The incarcerated Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir was quoted saying that Shaheed Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Afzal Guru have given their life for a noble cause and we must not forget their and many others’ sacrifices. “While we should remember our martyrs it is our duty to continue the mission of achieving our goals. These two tall leaders and martyrs shouldn’t only be part of an annual event but people should learn from their lives, commitment and steadfastness,” Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir was quoted.
Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru were martyred by Indian government by hanging them on 11 February 1984 and 9 February 2013 respectively and their mortal remains were never returned to the families. Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir paid rich tributes to all the martyrs and said every martyr should be in our mind and we should work on finding ways to live with dignity and pride without being humiliated and killed.