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