Cricket teams’ names depict love for Mujahideen
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