Chairman Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Tuesday called upon pro-freedom leaders to forge unity.
“All communities have contributed for the struggle, doctors, engineers and lawyers. A common man who works hard for a day to have a meal at night has also sacrificed his blood for the cause,” he said, while speaking at a seminar “The Right of Self-Determination and Persistent Human Rights Violations in Kashmir” at lower court complex Moominabad Srinagar. The event was held to commemorate the 22nd death anniversary of advocate Jalil -ud-Qadar Andrabi.
Talking about Advocate Andrabi, he said, “I know him when he was studying in Sri Pratap College. He had protested and was lodged in Police Station KothiBagh where I was lodged.”
The Hurriyat leader said that advocate Andrabi went to United Nations and Geneva to raise the voice of people of Kashmir “suppressed under the Indian occupation.”
“I had made him aware that he should not move freely. Then after some time, he was kidnapped and then his dead body was recovered from a river,” he said.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Mohammad Yasin Malik, said that through resistance Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s, policy can be opposed.
Yasin said that one of the policies of Modi is to make the leaders of Kashmir to surrender.
“Our resistance can make Modi’s policy a failure. We are ready together to take all the pressures. We are fighting against the issues that have been put forward by government, be it separate colony for Pandits or prolonged detention of our fellows.”
Yasin said that advocate Andrabi was associated with the liberation front. “Andrabi was associated with resistance and he had made a conscious decision to become our part,” said Yasin.
He said that the people have been criticizing that the leadership doesn’t have any strategy. “But they also fail to mention the solution in their articles. Nobody has ever written what leadership should do,” he said.
Molvi Ghulam Nabi, a leader of Hurriyat (M), was present on behalf of Chairman, Mirwaiz Molvi Umer Farooq. He also called for unity among all people. “The freedom struggle doesn’t belong to one person, there has to be a participation of all sections of the society,” he said.
Talking about the contribution of advocate Andrabi in reporting human rights violation in Kashmir, Chairman, JKLF (H) Javaid Ahmad Mir said that advocate Andrabi had brought the human rights violation issue to the notice of international agencies. “It’s also our responsibility to divert the attention of world towards our grievances,” he said.
Apart from advocate Andrabi, the speakers also talked about other lawyers who were killed by government forces.
Senior advocate Nazir Ahmed Ronga said, “Every day we remember those who sacrificed their lives for the cause. Under the occupation, bureaucracy has been influenced. Even judiciary is not spared from the influence of occupation.”
Senior advocate Zaffar Shah said that Hurriyat has important role to play in the freedom movement. “I believe that they will understand the situation and they can understand the plight of people,” he said.
The seminar was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association Srinagar. Other eminent people who attended it were Parvaiz Imroz, Bar Association President Mian Qayoom, General Secretary GN Shaheen, Joint Secretary Omar Asimi, Advocate Mushtaq Dar, writer ZGM, businessman Shakeel Qalandar and other lawyers.
The seminar was presided over by the President M A Qayoom and the proceedings were conducted by the General Secretary, Advocate G. N. Shaheen.