Srinagar, Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has paid rich tributes to Jalil ul Qadr Andrabi on his death anniversary.
Recalling his sacrifices and struggle for freedom, JKLF chairman said that advocate Jalil ul Qadr Andrabi was the brave son of the soil who despite threats chose to resist and sacrifice his life in the way of truth.
Malik was speaking at a seminar organized by Bar Association Kashmir in remembrance of Advocate Jalil ul Qadr Andrabi.
Terming Andrabi as “a pioneer of present struggle for freedom”,
JKLF chairman in a statement issued here said that he was a true son of the soil who despite threats to his life never budged and sacrificed his life for the righteous cause.
He said that besides being a commendable jurist and an intellectual, Jalil Andrabi was a courageous person who till his last breath worked for the betterment of society and human rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir.
Calling unity as the most valuable thing in the present situation, Malik said that in 2016, leadership united to counter “Indian hegemony” and “threats posed by RSS backed BJP government in India”.
“We countered all oppressive plans including separate townships for Pandits, Sainik colonies, state subject to West Pakistan refugees, repealing of state subject law and other nefarious designs of Indian rulers. In 2016, Burhan Wani who lived in hearts and minds of Kashmiris, attained martyrdom and Indian forces chose to shower bullets and pellets on unarmed civilians starting a spree of killings, which resulted in a full-fledged peoples agitation led by JRL,” he said.
JKLF chief said the present ruling regime in India intends to put us into submission. “It has unequivocally and transparently announced to finish our resistance. What should we do in these circumstances? What is our duty to counter this Indian hegemony? In my view, this is the time when all of us should think and act with unity. We are all facing hardships and what is needed is that we should share these sufferings and hardships and face them together,” he said.
“Today some intellectuals, speakers and civil society people are posing questions over united leadership. These people are busy in raising questions about leadership and resistance programs and are critical of everything leadership is doing. But the irony is that no one among these people is coming out with any solutions, suggestions or concrete proposals to counter Indian hegemony or continue resistance struggle,” Malik said.
He said that people who are running affairs in India today are following a doctrine of bullying and NIA is also being used as a bullying tool. He said that many people in Kashmir have got intimidated and now these people come out with statements against unity and leadership so that oppressor is pleased with them.“Today we need to strengthen unity as it is a tool with which we can counter oppression of India and anyone trying to harm this unity is knowingly or unknowingly strengthening the hands of India. Come what may, we cannot and will never surrender before tyranny, illegal occupation and military might and our struggle for freedom and self-determination will continue till the sacred goal is achieved, InshaAllah,” JKLF chief said.
Meanwhile, on the anniversary of Advocate Jalil Ul Qadr Andrabi, a prayer meeting was held at JKLF head office in Srinagar and other district offices. Special congregational prayers and Quran Khwani was held on the occasion.
Led by JKLF chairman, various party leaders, scores of activists and admirers of martyrs in large numbers participated in the prayer meetings. Various leaders on the occasion addressed the meeting and paid rich tributes to Jalil Andrabi, the statement said.