Kashmiris to remember freedom hero Maqbool Butt on Monday

MIRPUR (AJK):Capacious programmes have been finalized to commemorate the 35th martyrdom anniversary of eminent leader of Kashmir Freedom Movement Mohammad Maqbool Butt Shaheed on both sides of the Line of

Control, including Azad Jammu Kashmir and Indian occupied Kashmir, and rest of the world where Kashmiris are inhibiting, on February 11 (Monday) with the renewal of the pledge to continue the mission of the departed Kashmiri leader till the achievement of legitimate right of self-determination.

Anti-India and pro-freedom rallies and demonstrations in all small and major towns on both sides of the LoC will be hallmark of the day to pay rich tributes to Maqbool Butt, who was put to gallows by India in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984 for his “offense” of demanding the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir state under the spirit of the international norms and commitments, according to programme announced by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, the JKLF sources told the reporters here Saturday.

In Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, a complete strike followed by rallies, seminars, conferences and processions will be the hallmark of the martyrdom day of one of the pioneer leaders of the Kashmir freedom struggle, according to ex President J & K Plebiscite Front Azeem Dutt Advocate.

“Besides, memorandums containing Kashmiris long-standing persistent demand of the early resolution of Kashmir issue under UN resolutions, will be handed over to the nearest UN observers missions in Occupied Kashmir and Azad Jammu Kashmir,” Dutt told reporters here on Saturday while highlighting the program of observance of the martyrdom day at either side of the Line of Control.

The JKNLF leader said that major ceremony to observe the day will be held in Muzaffarabad under the auspices of JKNLF, likely to be led by the party’s President Shoukat Maqbool Butt, the son of the departed freedom fighter Maqbool Butt. Similarly rallies will be held in Bagh, Rawalakot, Palandri, Kotli, Khuiratta, Dadayal and other places in AJK as well as in Karachi, Rawalpindi Lahore and Sialkot to pay tributes to the departed soul.

In Mirpur district, processions and rallies will be taken out jointly under the auspices of Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Front, Jammu Kashmir Plebiscite Front and Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation and other groups, to observe the anniversary of the martyred leader. The demonstrating people will march through the major city streets in a big procession. Speakers on this occasion will pay rich tributes to Maqbool Butt for his life-time heroic struggle for the liberation of the motherland from Indian occupation and for laying down the supreme sacrifice of his life for the cause of the liberation of Jammu & Kashmir from the Indian subjugation.