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Ishfaq Majeed Wani can never be forgotten

Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Online Editor

Ishfaq Majeed Wani can never be forgotten

Bilal Bashir Bhat
Srinagar, Mar 30 (Only Kashmir): From the times of Ashfaq Majeed Wani to Burhan Muzzafar Wani, tens of hundred militants lost their precious lives to the Kashmir conflict and the process is still going on. Undoubtedly, there is much support to the militants in Kashmir from the local populace under which nowadays we see people obstructing the military operations to help militants to escape from encounter site. The seeds sown by both Wanis for better political future are pushing victimized Kashmiri youth towards slaughter houses and this will continue till the resolution of lingering issues is not addressed as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
It is said that time heals everything but here the story is different because the wounds of death of one of the founding members of Kashmir’s armed struggle Ishfaq Majeed Wani are still fresh in the hearts of his companions like Muhammad Yasin Malik, Javaid Ahmad Mir and others who fell to the bullets of government forces on this day i.e. in 1990.

Recalling his sacrifice JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik said, Ishfaq Majeed Wani was a born leader and the days and years of his life from 5th September 1966 to 30th March 1990 are a shining evidence of his greatness. Ishfaq Majeed Wani was a humble slave of Allah almighty who whenever took a step strived in the way of truth and justice. He was a symbol of Courage, Fearlessness, religiousness, passion, and resistance against the False and injustice.
JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir said Ishfaq Majeed infused a new lease of life to the freedom struggle in Kashmir and achieved martyrdom on March 30, 1990. Shaheed Ishfaq invited all the political leaders to join freedom struggle in 1988 and 1990. The HAJY Group of JKLF itself started the movement at political, diplomatic and armed fronts,” Mir said, reiterating the pledge to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end.
Javaid Ahmad Mir stated that sacrifices offered by Kashmiries have brought Kashmir into international limelight and thus importance to resolve the Kashmir dispute was felt more than urgent by the world community.

Ishfaq Majeed

In 1989 the HAJY group (Hamid Sheikh, Ashfaq Majid, Javed Mir and Yasin Malik) launched the “militant movement” and saw an eruption of mass support.
The HAJY group — acronym for four JKLF leaders, namely Hamid Sheikh, Ashfaq Majid, Javaid Mir and Yaseen Malik — was the first to have crossed to Pakistani side for arms training. On their return, they were accorded good reception by the people. Hamid and Ashfaq were killed in encounters with government forces.
March 30, 1990 
Chief Commander of JKLF, Ashfaq Majid Wani, martyred by forces
A leading pro-independence militant was killed in fighting in Jammu and Kashmir today and 10 other people died in a separate incident, the authorities said. The deaths struck a blow against the powerful movement.
The incidents followed clashes in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, where 11 people, including a paramilitary soldier, were killed in shootings between militants and forces.
Some news reports said the others who died were militants and their supporters. Other accounts said they were civilians, including a child, who were shopping in the area and who were caught by bullets when troops fired back at the militants.
Both sides have stepped up their activities recently, the militants with attacks and gun battles with troops and the security forces withsweeping searches. Thousands Defy Curfew.
The police in Srinagar said tens of thousands of people were defying a curfew and taking part in the funeral of Ashfaq Majid, who was identified as one of four area commanders of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, the main group campaigning for separation from India.
The incident is widely seen as the beginning of the continuing anti-India surge that has spread in the Vale of Kashmir, which is Muslim-dominated.
The Government had announced a $2,000 award for his capture. Mr. Majid was considered as a top ideologue and strategist for the liberation front, which is the best-armed and most organized of more than two dozen pro-independence groups in Kashmir.
Residents said in telephone interviews that Srinagar was tense after Mr. Majid’s killing. A local journalist said about 50,000 people gathered near the police headquarters demanding they be allowed to join the funeral procession. The permission was given, and a police official said ”people are coming out everywhere.” Tight security by troops was enforced at the funeral site.


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