Prayers in absentia for Amanullah Khan held in nook and corner of Kashmir, Yasin Malik, Javaid Mir detained, restrictions in Lal Chowk, thousands attend funeral in Pakistan
Bilal Bashir Bhat
Srinagar, April 27 (Only Kashmir): Prayers in absentia for founder JKLF Amanullah Khan were held in nook and corner of the Kashmir Valley, police stopped JKLF stalwarts Muhammad Yasin Malik, Javaid Ahmad Mir and others to participate in the prayers scheduled at Lal Chowk Srinagar by detained them in police station and by imposing restrictions in and around the JKLF headquarters. Meanwhile Funeral prayers of Amanullah Khan was offered at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi Pakistan. Almost entire political leadership from Azad Kashmir including AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salahudin attended the funeral.
Despite all police actions JKLF activists and common people held funeral prayers in absentia for the deceased leader at many places in valley. Funeral prayers were held at Trehgam, Kupwara Chowk, Hyhama, Bandipora, Hajin, Pulwama, Kulgam, Budgam, Islambad, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Baramullah, Sopore etc.
Condemning the restriction to thwart the scheduled prayers, a protest march was taken out from Basantbag Srinagar in which pro-freedom leaders Bilal Siddiqui, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, Mohammad Saleem Zargar, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Meraj Uddin Kalual, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Abdul Rashid, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Bilal Ahmad Shah, Mohammad, Imtiaz Shah were witnessed.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (H) strongly condemned the restrictions in and around the Lal Chowk Srinagar to foil the congregation prayers in absentia for JKLF Supreme Leader Amanullah. According to the spokesman Javaid Ahmad Mir along with secretary general Ghulam Mustafa Bhat were detained at Police Station Kothi Bagh.The spokesman condemning the police action said such suppressive and oppressive tactics even to curb the religious activities replicates that the slogans of democracy are fake and raised only to gain the political benefits.
Senior resistance leader and Salvation Movement Chairman Zaffer Akbar Bhat led funeral prayers in absentia for JKLF founder Amanullah Khan at Bag-e-Mehtab Srinagar. On the occasion Zaffer said that deceased leader played a vital role in internationalizing the Kashmir dispute and worked as a Kashmiri diplomat in rest of the world including European Countries where he was jailed a many times and punished by deporting him back to Pakistan.
While paying rich tributes to deceased leader of freedom struggle Aman ullah Khan, JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said that personalities like that of Aman sahib are rear to find and are not born often. These kinds of dignitaries add to the pride of nations and are symbols of its glory. He said that the sad demise of Great leader has actually broken our hearts and today when we pay a farewell to this great soul we pray to our almighty Allah for his heavenly abode. Yasin Malik said that Aman sahib could have led a prosperous life and achieved any position and post but he refused to play politics of election and power and instead treaded a path full of thorns and hardships and to his last breath remained steadfast in the way of determination. He said that this nation is indebted to this great leader and today we reiterate our pledge to take this sacred struggle to its desired goal.
Hurriyat (M) Wednesday paid glowing tributes to Amanullah Khan, recalling his sacrifices for Kashmir’s ongoing freedom movement and offered special prayers for him.
In absence of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, due to house confinement, the prayer meeting was led by senior leader Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat. The meeting while expressing sympathy and solidarity with Amanullah Khan’s family and the rank and file of JKLF, offered Fateh Khawani for the departed soul. The meeting also condemned the detention of amalgam leader, Javaid Ahmad Mir at Kothi Bagh Police Station for stopping him from participating in offering funeral prayers in absentia for JKLF founder Amanullah Khan.
Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued termed the restrictions as the worst example of state terrorism and intervention in religious affairs. He said every civil society gives respect to the deceased no matter to which school of thought he belongs.
Senior Hurriyat leader and Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza while chairing a condolence meeting conveyed at Party Headquarters in Srinagar to pay tributes to JKLF patron and founder Amanullah Khan, said that despotic government is no right to stop people from offering funeral prayers in absentia for the deceased leader as offering prayers was a religious obligation.
Sajad Lone participates in absentia funeral for Amanullah Khan
Peoples Conference on Wednesday held funeral prayers in absentia for Amanullah Khan, JKLF supremo and father-in-law of MLA Handwara Sajad Lone. The prayers were held at Allama Iqbal Convention Centre in Sanat Nagar in which Sajjad Lone also participated.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Lone described Amanullah Khan as a “textbook Kashmiri nationalist”. “Amanuallah khan sahib-end of an era. Text book Kashmiri nationalistnstruggled for it all his life Stands out as transparently honest leader,” Lone tweeted.
Thousands attend funeral prayers at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi
Funeral prayers of noted Kashmiri leader, Amanullah Khan was offered at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, today. Almost entire political leadership from Azad Kashmir including AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan attended the funeral. JKLF leader Hafiz Anwar Smavi led the funeral prayers. Prominent among those who attended the funeral included former AJK Prime Minister Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami AJK Abdur Rasheed Turabi, United Jihad Council Chairman, Syed Salahuddin, Chairman Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, PML-N AJK General Secretary Shah Ghulam Qadir, JK PPP President Khalid Ibrahim and Hurriyet leaders Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Ghulam Nabi Nowshehri, Mir Tahir Masood, JKLF leaders Abdul Hameed Butt, Rafiq Dar, Rauf Kashmiri and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation League Chief Justice (retired) Abdul Majeed Malik. The leaders on the occasion eulogized the services of late Amanullah Khan for the Kashmir cause.