Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has announced various programs in connection with the anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat.
In a statement, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said that various protest programs will be held across the world and Kashmiris across the globe will observe this day as a “national day”.
He said in Jammu & Kashmir, programs announced by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) will be followed in letter and spirit as protest marches, sit-in and submitting memorandums, seeking the return of mortal remains of Bhat, will be held across the major cities of the world.
JKLF will hold different protest and prayers meetings in all districts of the valley. A memorial meeting will be also held at the birthplace of Maqbool Bhat’s native village Trehgam, Kupwara in which JKLF leaders and activists will pay rich tributes to him.
“JKLF leaders and activists will hold protests in Islamabad Pakistan, Lahore, Karachi and other cities of Pakistan while as programs will also be held across Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other parts of Middle East,” he said.
“JKLF London Branch will hold a protest outside Indian High Commission in London. A petition will be handed over to the high commission asking for the return of mortal remains of Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru. Seminars, protests and symposiums will also be held to pay tribute to the father of the nation and other martyrs.”
Malik said “JKLF will also hold a demonstration across Azad Kashmir on 11th February 2018. Protest marches and sit-in will be held in cities like Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Bagh, and Gilgit in which the vision and sacrifices of Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Butt will be highlighted”.
Paying tributes, Malik said, “The father of Kashmiri nation martyr Muhammad Maqbool Butt is the cornerstone of our resistance against illegal occupation and symbol of freedom and liberty. His struggle and sacrifices represent every oppressed and subjugated human.”
“Maqbool Butt Shaheed was an ideologue, a warrior, a leader and an intellectual who led Kashmiris on all fronts, be it diplomatic front, armed front, political front or intellectual front. He started alone and strived hard for the liberation of his nation from foreign occupation; pursued and followed his dream with action and sacrificed his life with pride and passion.”
“The struggle and martyrdom martyr Mohammad Maqbool Butt is a glorious chapter of our history that will always guide us through the tough journey of our freedom struggle,” he said.