Malik Hails Ishfaq Majeed, Says 87 Elections Not a Precursor to 90’s ‘Revolution’


CollageRemembering Ishfaq Majeed Wani on his martyrdom “anniversary”, JKLF chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik Wednesday said that Ishfaq Majeed Wani was the “Youth icon” and is the “symbol of Kashmiri resistance movement”.

Malik said that “Shaheed-i-Kashmir”, Ishfaq Majeed Wani was a great leader who strived for the freedom of Kashmiri nation and sacrificed himself for the “righteous cause”. This nation can never forget the “struggle” and services of this “great soul”, a party statement issued here said.

Malik while addressing a meeting organized in remembrance of Ishfaq Majeed Wani said that he was a born leader and the days and years of his life from 5th September 1966 to 30th march 1990 are a shining evidence of his greatness. “Ishfaq Majeed Wani was a humble slave of almighty Allah who always took the way of truth and justice. He was a symbol of courage, fearlessness, piousness, passion, and resistance against illegal occupation and injustice, the statement added.

Malik said that torture cells, jails and other means of oppression could not deter him from his way and he stood firm in the way of “freedom movement” till the moment of his “martyrdom”. “People who think that people’s revolution in 1990 was an outcome of 1987 election rigging are wrong. In fact the struggle for freedom led by leaders like Ishfaq Majeed was not the outcome of any election but it was an ongoing process which was accelerated by Maqbbol Butt‘s “martyrdom” in 1984. Malik said that it was Ishfaq Majeed Wani’s “gallant leadership” in 1988 that gave courage to hundreds and thousands of young men to stand up for the cause of “freedom”. “Ishfaq Majid Wani led this people’s revolution in 1990 and changed the 5000-year-old history of Kashmir. It was his leadership that united a nation which was tagged as coward and inactive for the just cause of freedom and history bears testimony to the fact that thousands of young people followed Ishfaq Majeed Wani and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their nation.

photo for press ashfaq dayMalik said that bravery, courage and truthfulness were blended in his blood and cold weathers or hot seasons always failed to stop his march towards truth.

He said that Ishfaq was a high class intellectual, keen reader, a practicing follower of Quran, a brave commander, a wise political leader, a refined diplomat, a fiery speaker, a respected student and a great athlete. “Above all he was an inspiring personality who had courage to call a spade a spade and look into the eyes of tyrant and oppressors and fight against it with firmness.”

While paying tributes to Shabir Ahmad Sidiqi and other “martyrs” of Dargah Hazrat Bal, Yasin Malik said that Sidiqi was a religious scholar and a man of wisdom who strived and sacrificed his life for the freedom of Kashmir. Sidiqi will also be remembered for his philanthropy and work in the field of education.

A prayer meeting in connection with the “martyrdom” day of Ishfaq Majeed wani, Shabir Sidiqi, Dr Abdul Ahad Guru and advocate Jalil Andrabi was held at Mazar-i-Shuhada, Eid-Gah today.

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