Terming the October 10 as another black day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir Hurriyat (M)Conference on Tuesday recalled that it was on this day in 1965 when Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq was forcibly arrested for his pro-self-determination political conviction and ideology by the then authorities.
The spokesman said that Muhammad Farooq was kept behind bars for almost three years without any trial, partly in solitary confinements and partly at “interrogation” center in Kud.
In a statement, Hurriyat said that since then the party observes October 10 as the “Prisoners’ Day “, but this year as the party chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to remain under house confinement, the program stands postponed.
Paying rich tributes to the party founder Shaheed e Millat Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq for his commitment and steadfastness to the goal of right to self determination for the people of J&K, Hurriyat stated that despite facing incarceration and torture late Mirwaiz didn’t budge from his stand but instead bore it with patience and conviction and continued to follow this mission even after his release in 1967 remaining committed towards representing peoples’ true aspirations till his martyrdom on May 21, 1990.
AAC also expressing deep concern and anguish over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in various jails in and outside the State as a measure of revenge and repression against them and hailed their resilience and courage. It paid tribute to the steadfastness of Shabir Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Altaf Fantosh, Nayeen Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, women leaders Asiya Andrabi, her associates, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen and hundreds of brave Kashmiri youth and demanded their immediate release.
Meanwhile, AAC dismissed the ongoing civic body poll as a farce stating that these elections are a “military exercise” that people of Kashmir reject outrightly. They said people’s slogan is simple and clear “No to all Elections, Only Right to Self Determination.