Guru’s Tihar Memoir Released

Nayeem Khan and Shabir Shah releasing Afzal Guru's memoir during a function in Srinagar.
Nayeem Khan, Shabir Shah and others releasing Afzal Guru’s memoir during a function in Srinagar.

Saima Bhat

SRINAGAR

Nayeem Khan’s National Front Tuesday released parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru’s memoirs at a function held at a hotel in Srinagar. The memoirs compiled in a book form, was written by Guru during his time in Tihar Jail. Guru was hanged and buried inside Tihar Jail on 9th February, 2013.

The book release function was attended by various separatist leaders, members of J&K High Court Bar Association, and students.

During the function two video clips showcasing the events of 2008 and 2010 uprising and subsequent killings were shown to the audience. The main highlight of the event was a video reel featuring photos from Guru’s family album.

The chairman of National Front, Nayeem Khan said, “We have published this book from the tits and bits Afzal Guru wrote in Tihar Jail.” While paying tributes to Guru, Khan read some sentences from the book and said, “Guru was freedom fighter and a true religious person. Even in his last letter, which he wrote just an hour (6.25 AM) before going to gallows, he addressed his nation without caring for his own family.”

Video reel showcasing Guru's life was shown during the event. Photo: Bilal Bahadur
Video reel showcasing Guru’s life was shown during the event. Photo: Bilal Bahadur

The book release function started with the recitation of verses from the holy Quran followed by a poem dedicated to all those people killed during the turmoil of last 2 decades and Guru for sacrificing his life for Kashmir. Khan blamed state government for killings in Gool, Kishtwar communal violence and recent Shopian killings.

Stating that the last massage of Guru was for the scholars and educationists to guide the youth, Khan quoted Guru saying that ‘Sadhbavna programme  was being used to divert the attention of the people from the current resistance movement.’

Sheikh Musaib, who was a companion of Guru in Tihar jail talked about his interactions with Guru.

He said, “Guru wrote me a letter, ‘a letter of inspiration’ in jail in which he wrote that in Tihar jail the inmates can be anybody from a murderer to a rapist and other criminals, but Kashmiris should always maintain the credibility of being a Kashmiri.” He further wrote in that letter, “We should always keep the spirit of freedom struggle of Kashmir high.”

While highlighting the importance of Guru’s sacrifice, various senior separatist leaders, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Shah, Zamrooda Habib, GN Shaheen (Bar association), brother of Guru- Ajaz Guru and other writers spoke over the occasion.

Intrestingly, team Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir is set to launch a compilation of songs sung as a tribute to Afzal Guru on September 21 in Srinagar.

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