Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru hanged to terrify Kashmiris: HCBA

Srinagar, February 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) of occupied Kashmir has said that martyred liberation leaders, Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru were sent to the gallows to terrify Kashmiris. Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984, while Muhammad Afzal Guru was sent to the gallows in the same jail on February 9, 2013. Both the leaders remain buried in the premises of the jail.

The HCBA in a meeting said that Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru were hanged only to subjugate and suppress the voice of Kashmiris. The Bar said the Indian judiciary, by hanging Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru, exposed itself, as Supreme Court of India recently commuted the death sentence of 30 prisoners on account of delay. Afzal Guru, who was sentenced to death in 2002 and was on the death row at serial number 23, was picked out of turn and was executed after a period of more than 11 years, and that too without allowing his wife, son, and other family members to see him for the last time,” the meeting said.

Paying tributes to Butt and Guru, the meeting said: “Both were shining stars of Kashmir’s liberation movement and by laying down their lives, for a pious cause, they didn’t only achieve martyrdom but gave a new impetus and life to the ongoing freedom struggle of Kashmir.”

Meanwhile the HCBA saluted the determination and steadfastness of Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo. The Bar members said, “Qasim has completed his 23 years of imprisonment in different jails of the territory and outside and never bowed before the authorities on his ideology.”

The Bar said that the incarceration of Qasim was just a political vendetta and appealed to the world to impress upon India for seeking release of Dr Qasim.” On the other hand, Hurriyet leaders Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi in their separate statements also paid tributes to martyrs Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.

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