Hurriyat AJK leaders pay homage to Sheikh Abdul Aziz

Islamabad, August 10 (KMS): Hurriyat AJK leaders have paid homage to the prominent Kashmiri leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, on the eve of his 13th martyrdom anniversary.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz was shot dead by Indian troops while he was leading a march from Srinagar to the Line of Control on August 11, 2008 against the economic blockade of the Kashmir Valley by Hindu extremists of Jammu.

The Convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, in a statement in Islamabad said that the economic blockade imposed by the RSS had created unusual circumstances for the Kashmiri people forcing Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other Hurriyat leaders to demand opening of the Srinagar-Rawalpindi road for trade and travel to save the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir from hunger and death.

He stated that the continued siege and search operations have worsened the situation in IIOJK following India’s illegal actions of repealing the special status of the occupied territory on 5 August 2019. He called upon the UN to take steps to resolve the Kashmir dispute in line with its relevant resolutions. He also demanded international probe into the killing of Sheikh Abdul Aziz. The killer must be identified and nabbed and handed over to the relevant UN agency to award them exemplary punishment, he added.

Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Acting Chairman, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in a statement in Islamabad said that Sheikh Abdul Aziz was a man of honesty and integrity who devoted his entire life for the Kashmir cause.

Referring to the martyred leader’s role in the ongoing liberation struggle, he said that Sheikh Aziz went through trials and tribulations during his entire life for his affiliation with the Kashmiris’ ongoing struggle for securing their right to self-determination. Saghar said that Sheikh Aziz would be remembered for a long time in the annals of Kashmir history for his indomitable role in the freedom struggle.

The Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Syed Aijaz Rehmani, in his statement said that Sheikh Aziz preferred martyrdom but never bowed before India. He said that Sheikh Aziz was a thorough gentleman and sincere pro-freedom leader who sacrificed his life for the cause of freedom.

The Jammu and Kashmir Pasban-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Uzair Ahmad Ghazali, in a statement in Muzafarabad said that the Kashmiri people would always remember the sacrifices of the Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other martyrs who laid down their lives for the Kashmir cause.

The Vice Chairman of Tehreek-e-Istiqlal, Mushtaq Ahmad Butt, in his statement said that the struggle and sacrifices of Sheikh Abdul Aziz would continue to inspire all the oppressed nations of world engaged in their just freedom struggle.