ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment Mushaal Hussein Mullick said on Sunday that Maqbool Butt Shaheed was an icon of the resistance movement who sacrificed his life for the noble cause of freedom of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir ( IIOJK ).
He was a man of integrity and honesty who devoted his entire life to a common cause, went through trials and tribulations and ultimately sacrificed his life in pursuit of long cherished ideals, she added. She was speaking at a function organized at Koshar School in Mankpiyan Refugee Camp to mark the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Maqbool Butt. Quran Khawani and special prayers were also offered on the occasion.
The SAPM said the legendary Kashmiri liberation leader was sent to the gallows on February 11, 1984 at the infamous Tihar Jail in New Delhi for his role in the Kashmiri freedom movement. She regretted that, despite four decades, the fascist Indian authorities had not handed over the dead body of the Kashmiri leader, who was buried in the premises of the infamous prison, to the heirs. Mushall said that the people of Kashmir were neither given the right to life nor to die. They didn’t even have the right to bury their loved ones.
Mushaal said her husband Yasin Malik was subjected to brutal and inhumane treatment as he was denied all his legal, constitutional and fundamental rights. She feared that the Indian government was hell-bent on hanging Yasin Malik as he was involved in frivolous and politically motivated cases to silence his voice. SAPM appealed to the global community and UN bodies to compel India to ensure his release and let Kashmiris decide their own fate according to their wishes.
She said Kashmiris will leave no stone unturned and will continue to fight till the last drop of blood to break the yoke of Indian slavery. She said the Indian government should realize that it cannot diminish the courage of brave Kashmiris. The day was not far when Kashmiris would see the dawn of freedom. Speaking on the occasion, her daughter Rizia Sultan called for the unity of the people of Kashmir to realize the dream of freedom for Kashmir. On the occasion, the participants performed a special prayer for Yasin Malik and other imprisoned Kashmiri leaders and activists in Indian jails.