Aman­ul­lah’s fu­neral of­fered at Li­aquat Bagh Rawalpindi To be laid to rest in As­tore

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

RAWALPINDI/SRI­NA­GAR—Pro-free­dom camp has ex­pressed grief over the demise of Jammu and Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front’s co-founder Aman­ul­lah Khan, who passed away in Rawalpindi, Pak­istan. Khan, 82, was not keep­ing well for some time. His fu­neral prayers were of­fered in Li­aquat Bagh Rawalpindi at­tended by all po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious and so­cial party heads in­clud­ing AJK pres­i­dent Sar­dar M Yaqub Khan. His body would be laid to rest at As­tore, Khan’s birth place in Gil­git. In Sri­na­gar Chair­man Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (G), Syed Ali Gee­lani, ex­pressed grief over the Khan’s demise and prayed for for­bear­ance to the be­reaved fam­ily.

“De­spite the ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences, I have no hes­i­ta­tion in say­ing that late Aman­ul­lah Khan was a sin­cere pro-free­dom leader who sac­ri­ficed his life for the Kash­mir cause,” Gee­lani said in a state­ment is­sued here.

Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (M) chair­man, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, said the demise of Khan has left be­hind a void that would be very dif­fi­cult to fill.

In his con­do­lence mes­sage, Mir­waiz said the de­parted leader ded­i­cated his life to the cause of Kash­mir’s free­dom and faced nu­mer­ous prob­lems in his course.

“His re­solve and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards the goal of free­dom never showed any sign of weak­ness. Like a true pa­triot and a leader, Khan high­lighted the Kash­mir is­sue at var­i­ous Line of Con­trol — the de facto bound­ary in Kash­mir be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan — from bor­der points in Chakan-da-bagh-Rawalakote route in in­ter­na­tional plat­forms. This tow­er­ing and con­sis­tent leader had to bear the atroc­i­ties in jails for rais­ing voice for the op­pressed peo­ple of Kash­mir,” Mir­waiz said. The JKLF or­gan­ised a con­do­lence meet­ing that was presided over by its chair­man Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik. The meet­ing was held at the party’s Lal Chowk of­fice.

Ma­lik, while ad­dress­ing the meet­ing, said J&K has lost its most valiant son. “His demise has closed a glo­ri­ous chap­ter of our his­tory. He was a pi­o­neer of the

Akhtar said the gov­ern­ment also planned to build in­fras­truc­ture at the Suchet­garh bor­der cross­ing with Pak­istan in Jammu for devel­op­ing the free­dom strug­gle, a her­ald of an in­de­pen­dent Jammu Kash­mir, a glow­ing ex­am­ple of per­sis­tence, a great politi­cian, in­tel­lec­tual, diplo­mat, and a leader who from his youth till the last breath re­mained stead­fast in the re­sis­tance move­ment,” Ma­lik said. Demo­cratic Free­dom Party (DFP) chair­man, Shabir Ah­mad Shah, while ex­press­ing grief over the demise, said: “We are de­prived of a great leader of the free­dom move­ment”. Se­nior Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (M) leader and JKLF (H) chair­man, Javaid Ahamd Mir termed the demise of Khan as a “grave loss to the Kash­miri re­sis­tance move­ment”.

In his con­do­lence mes­sage is­sued here, Mir ex­pressed sym­pa­thy with the be­reaved fam­ily and prayed for eternal peace to the de­parted soul.

Se­nior Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (G) leader and Is­lamic Po­lit­i­cal Party chair­man, Mo­ham­mad Yousuf Naqash, in a state­ment is­sued here termed the demise of Aman­ul­lah Khan as “ir­repara­ble loss for the free­dom strug­gle”.—PO/KR.

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