Cricket teams’ names de­pict love for Mu­jahideen

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

ini­tia­tive which would help in break­ing the ice in the strained re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, how­ever, there was a need to show more se­ri­ous­ness to­wards mak­ing di­a­logue a con­sis­tent process and ex­hibit­ing progress on all out­stand­ing is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries.

Stress­ing that Kash­mir re­mains the core is­sue be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, the APHC lead­ers said un­less the two coun­tries take steps to re­solve this is­sue, peace and sta­bil­ity of the en­tire re­gion would con­tinue to re­main a dis­tant dream as other is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries were ac­tu­ally the off­shoots of Kash­mir is­sue.

It was stated in the meet­ing that there was a need to take the re­sis­tance lead­er­ship of Kash­mir into con­fi­dence

Terming the house ar­rest of the APHC Chair­man, Mir­waiz Dr. Moulvi Muham­mad Umar Fa­rooq as un­demo­cratic and dic­ta­to­rial, the Hur­riyat lead­ers con­demned this ac­tion of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion

Con­demn­ing the curbs placed by the ad­min­is­tra­tion on stop­ping fu­neral prayers in ab­sen­tia (Ni­maz-e-Ji­naza) of the Jammu Kash­mir Lib­er­a­tion Front founder and se­nior re­sis­tance leader, Aman­ul­lah Khan, the par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing said this amounted to in­ter­fer­ence into re­li­gious du­ties by use of force, demon­strat­ing the ex­trem­ist mind­set of the gov­ern­ment thus prov­ing its claims of democ­racy as com­pletely hol­low.

Mean­while, as per the APHC’s pro­gramme, the con­glom­er­ate paid glow­ing trib­utes to Aman­ul­lah Khan, prayer meet­ing was led by se­nior APHC leader Prof. Ab­dul Gani Bhat. On the oc­ca­sion, the APHC lead­ers termed his sac­ri­fices for the Kash­mir cause as enor­mous and said this vi­sion­ary leader’s death had cre­ated a void in the po­lit­i­cal and re­sis­tance cir­cles of Kash­mir, which would be dif­fi­cult to fill.

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.

Mean­while, an APHC spokesman con­demned the de­ten­tion of APHC leader, Javed Ah­mad Mir at Kothi Bagh Po­lice Sta­tion for stop­ping him from par­tic­i­pat­ing in of­fer­ing fu­neral prayers in ab­sen­tia for JKLF founder Aman­ul­lah Khan.—Email SRI­NA­GAR—The ex­tent of love, which mu­jahideen en­joy from Kash­miri peo­ple can be gauged from the fact that even cricket teams are be­ing named af­ter renowned mu­jahideen.

Burhan Lions, Aabid Khan Qa­lan­dars and Khalid Aryans — all three Kash­miri cricket teams, which played in a tour­na­ment in Tral — were all named af­ter mar­tyred free­dom fight­ers out of love.

One of the or­gan­is­ers said that the tour­na­ment was held in the me­mory of Khalid Muzaf­far Wani, brother of Hizbul Mu­jahideen Com­man­der, Burhan Muzaf­far Wani. Khalid was killed by the In­dian Army last year in Pul­wama. The Army had called Khalid a mil­i­tant and said he died in an en­counter.

Burhan, the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Burhan Lions, is known in the area as a crick­et­lov­ing boy and the son of a lo­cal head­mas­ter who left home to join the Hizbul Mu­jahideen in 2010.—KMS

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