Manan’s loss painful but also matter of pride for Kashmir, says JKLF chief

Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that Manan Bashir Wani who was killed in an encounter along with associate in Kupwara on Thursday, represents our passion for dignity and freedom. “In Manan’s words ‘Kashmiris don’t feel dignity in death but feel dignity in fighting but when die whilst fighting illegal military occupation of India, feel dignity in that death too’. How a nation whose sons like Manan Bashir Wani are being snatched by tyrants can vote in elections and strengthen the blood soaked hands of killers and murderers, Malik said.

Malik who is in police custody from 2nd October 2018, along with other JKLF leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and others, in his message to media has said that “Manan Bashir Wani represents the soul and passion of our struggle for dignity and freedom and though the loss of such a scholar is too painful for Kashmiri nation but a matter of pride too.” “Kashmiri youth have been pushed to wall by Indian state that provided no space for peaceful dissent to them and hence pushed them towards the path of ultimate sacrifice,” he said. He said that from Shaheed-I-Kashmir Ishfaq Majid Wani to Burhan Muzafar Wani and Manan Bashir Wani, story of passionate struggle and dignified death remains the unchanged and in words of great scholar Manan, “Kashmiris don’t feel dignity in death but feel dignity in fighting but when die whilst fighting illegal military occupation of India, feel dignity in that death too”.

He said that “on daily basis we are hearing a statement from Indian representative here that they want to kill militancy not the militants but on daily basis we witness ruthless genocide of our youth by blood thirsty Indians who have turned vampires for humans in Kashmir.”

Malik said that “the rulers and their supporters hanged Muhammad Maqbool Butt in Tihar and repeated their state terrorism by hanging Muhammad Afzal Guru too. They killed legends like Ishafq Majeed Wani, pilot Nadeem Khateeb, Doctor Abdul Ahad Guroo, Doctor Turabi, advocate G Q Sailani, Doctor Farooq Asahai and hundreds and thousands others but failed to defeat or weaken our resolve for freedom.”

“From 2016, we are witnessing and tolerating operation all out from the same state but it has failed in past and is bound to fail in future too as according to the law of nature oppression always perishes and last triumph always belongs to the oppressed,” he said.

He added that “martyrs are our pride and their sacrifices as our valuable treasure and Nation of Kashmir will never rest before achieving the sacred goal of these great martyrs.”

Paying homage to Manan Bashir Wani and his associate Ashiq Hussain Zargar, JKLF chairman said that “a nation whose sons like Manan Bashir Wani are being snatched by tyrants cannot vote in any elections staged by oppressor and colonial power and strengthen the blood soaked hands of killers and murderers.”He appealed people to stay away from Municipality and Panchayat election drama and respect the sacrifices of great martyrs.