Srinagar Under Siege On Mirwaiz, Lone Anniversary

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Srinagar-  Restrictions were tightened in and around Srinagar city on Friday and state forces deployed in strength on the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.

The national highway connecting Srinagar to north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts was sealed off, as were roads leading towards the city centre from the civil lines area, officials said.

Movement towards the Eidgah martyrs graveyard where the slain leaders — Farooq and Lone — are buried is not allowed, they said.

People with movement passes and those having emergencies were, however, allowed to cross the barricades set up across the city, the officials added.

People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone, Abdul Gani Lone’s son, paid tributes to his father in a series of tweets.

“Remembering my father Abdul Gani Lone who was killed on this day nineteen years ago. Killed for expressing his ideas. Killed for speaking the truth. Truth is as much of a rarity now as it was then.

“But what gives me some solace is that those who opposed him and created that false narrative that culminated in my father being killed- that crowd some of them still alive were better dead than alive. They saw what my father was mercifully spared from seeing,” Sajad Lone said.

Mirwaiz Farooq was shot dead on May 21, 1990, while as Abdul Gani Lone was shot dead on the same day in 2002 at an Eidgah when he was on his way to pay homage to Late Mirwaiz.

AAC Pays Tributes To Mirwaiz Farooq, Hawal Massacre Victims

Jammu & Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) Friday while remembering its founder leader Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq (RA) and the Hawal Martyrs of May 21, 1990 on their 31st martyrdom anniversary and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khwaja Abdul Gani Lone (RA) paid glorious tributes to them for their great sacrifices.

AAC in a statement said that Shaheed Mirwaiz was a born leader, a torchbearer for the people and the party, who led with example. Strong on his convictions, throughout life his focus was to strive for and highlight the rights and aspirations of his people in the light of promises made to them, and its realisation in a peaceful and just manner.

“Shaheed Mirwaiz was an ardent advocate of unity and brotherhood among people and believed it to be the means to succeed in any endeavour. He made all out efforts to forge unity and erase divisions and factionalism among the people of J&K and also Muslims globally. A visionary he saw the larger picture and the larger good for people in pursuing accord,” the statement said.

AAC said that Shaheed e Millat’s life was dedicated to the good of his people. As the Mirwaiz, a social and educational reformer and as a strong political voice, he would champion the cause of his people.

The religious, educational and social institutions Shaheed Mirwaiz headed were driven by the concern for each other’s welfare and advancement, especially of the downtrodden and poorer sections of society.

AAC said in today’s testing time of the deadly Covid pandemic, the best way to pay tribute to late Mirwaiz is to exhibit a spirit of mutual cooperation among ourselves and extend helping hand to each other especially the poor and needy, COVID-19 affected, and other deserving people so that we come out of this humanitarian crisis successfully.

“People should assist all civil society initiatives and NGO’s who are helping in the battle against this deadly disease and providing food and other assistance to the poor and needy whose livelihood has been destroyed and badly affected by the pandemic lockdown.”

AAC said that the Mohalla and Masjid committees in each area should ensure that no one in the area goes without food and medical assistance.

AAC said that at its own level and under the socio-welfare and humanitarian organisation Darul Khair Mirwaiz Manzil led by the incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is engaged in medical, humanitarian and relief & rehabilitation work in this pandemic.

AAC said that it pledges that it will continue to pursue peacefully and with patience to work for the realisation of the will and aspirations of the people of J&K, as was the dream of our Quaid.

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B. Z. Khasru

B. Z. Khasru is author of “Bangladesh Liberation War, How India, U.S., China and the USSR Shaped the Outcome.” His new book, “One Eleven Minus Two, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's War on Yunus an America,” will be published shortly by Rupa & Co., New Delhi.

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