Islamabad, August 11 (KMS): Senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Shaikh Abdul Aziz was a true and honest leader of Kashmiris’ freedom struggle who preferred martyrdom but never compromised and bowed before Indian illegal occupation and its might policies.
A report released by the Kashmir Media Service, on the occasion of 14th martyrdom anniversary of Sheikh Abdul Aziz, today, said that he devoted his whole life for the right to self-determination of Jammu and Kashmir as per UN resolutions and freedom from Indian illegal occupation.
The report said the martyred leader, who spent most of his life in jail, fought selflessly for freedom of Kashmir till his last breath and he continues to inspire the Kashmiri people. It said that Shaikh Aziz was a passionate advocate of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan.
“Shaikh Aziz and other martyrs are symbols of resistance against brutal Indian illegal occupation. Kashmiris will never forget the sacrifices of their martyrs like Shaikh Aziz. Kashmiri people value the sacrifices of their martyrs above all other things,” it said.
The report maintained that the Kashmiris know that the best way to pay tributes to Shaikh Aziz is to continue his mission till freedom from Indian yoke and they will not rest till the achievement of this true goal.
Shaikh Abdul Aziz was martyred by Indian troops on 11 August 2008 in the Uri area of Baramulla district when he was leading a mammoth march to Azad Jammu and Kashmir against the economic blockade of the Kashmir Valley by Hindutva BJP-RSS extremists in Jammu. The Hindutva organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party was aimed at killing the Kashmiri population by starvation.
The situation at that time had created unusual circumstances for the residents of the Valley, forcing Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other Hurriyat leaders to demand opening of the Srinagar-Rawalpindi road for trade and travel to save the Kashmiri people from hunger and death.