Upholding the Spirit of Resistance: APHC Leaders Praise Kashmir’s Resilient Struggle for FreedomFebruary 12, 2024
In the face of adversity and unjust detention, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Masarrat Aalam Butt, alongside senior leaders Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan, has lauded the unwavering commitment and resilience of the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The leaders, currently detained in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, commend the Kashmiri populace for steadfastly engaging in a robust political struggle against India, both at home and on the international stage.
Highlighting the political maturity, wisdom, and practical approach demonstrated by the people of IIOJK, particularly in their observance of the shutdown on February 11 to honor the martyrdom anniversary of liberation leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt, the leaders conveyed their messages through Kashmir Media Service. Maqbool Butt, executed in Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984, and another Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru, met a similar fate on February 9, 2013. Both were executed without fair trials for their crucial roles in the ongoing freedom movement of Kashmiris.
The APHC leaders emphasized the integral role of heroes like Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru, unjustly executed, in sustaining the spirit of the resistance movement. Despite facing a surge in arbitrary arrests across the occupied territory, the leaders denounced oppressive tactics, asserting that such measures cannot deter the Kashmiri populace from their pursuit of freedom from Indian subjugation.
Moreover, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, and Nayeem Ahmad Khan called upon the United Nations to take decisive action, urging India to halt its atrocities, including genocide, extrajudicial killings, and gross human rights violations perpetrated by its troops in IIOJK. The leaders stressed the urgent need for a resolution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and the UN resolutions.
The calls for international intervention underscore the gravity of the situation in IIOJK, where the struggle for freedom persists despite the challenges imposed by India’s repressive measures. The leaders’ messages serve as a poignant reminder of the ongoing human rights violations and the need for a just resolution to the Kashmir dispute that respects the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The resilience of the Kashmiri populace, as praised by the APHC leaders, remains a beacon of hope in the face of adversity, demanding global attention and action to address the longstanding grievances of the region.