Shutdown in IOK on Maqbool Butt’s anniversary

Srinagar, February 11, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete strike was observed, today, to mark the martyrdom anniversary of prominent martyred liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Call for the strike had been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to impress upon India to hand over his mortal remains to his family for proper burial. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road.

Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on this day in 1984 and was buried in the premises of the prison. The occupation authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other towns by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.

The authorities also detained over 60 pro-freedom leaders and activists in jails or their houses to stop them from participating in the protests. They included Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmad War, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.

Meanwhile, despite heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel, pro-freedom leaders including Bashir Ahmad Butt, Molvi Bashir Ahmed, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Nabi War and a large number of people participated in a function at Trehgam, the native village of Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Speakers on the occasion, reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs. A big demonstration was held in the area to demand the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference and Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Firdous Ahmed Shah in their statements in Srinagar and the APHC-AJK leaders at a meeting in Islamabad paid rich tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Butt.

In London, speakers at a seminar called upon the United Kingdom to stop supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN until New Delhi agreed to end human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and settle the Kashmir dispute as per the UN resolutions. The event was organized by Third World Solidarity for All Party Parliamentary Groups in the House of Commons, the Lower House of British Parliament, and the speakers included Lord Qurban Hussain and Lord Nazir Ahmed.

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