Syed Ali Gilani – symbol of resistance

Srinagar, August 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has appealed to the people of the territory to massively march towards Hyderpora in Srinagar on 01 September to pay tribute to the icon of Kashmir resistance movement, Syed Ali Gilani, on his first martyrdom anniversary.

Syed Ali Gilani embraced martyrdom during Indian police custody on 01 September 2021 at his residence in Hyderpora, Srinagar. He was kept under continued house arrest for over a decade. Indian forces’ personnel had forcibly taken away the dead body of Syed Ali Gilani for burial at Hyderpora graveyard under heavy military siege at night in violation of the last will of the veteran leader.

Syed Ali Gilani spent many years in different Indian jails for opposing Indian rule in the occupied territory. He endured physical and mental torture during his imprisonment. Syed Ali Gilani made a “significant contribution to the Kashmiris’ struggle for their right to self-determination and suffered lifelong persecution at the hands of India.

Gilani had foretold what future beholds for Kashmir in many of his revolutionary and visionary speeches. He had said when demography will be changed in favor of Hindus in Kashmir like in Jammu then India may concede to plebiscite in the territory. It is feared that Modi regime may accept the plebiscite once its settler plan is accomplished.

Like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Quaid-e-Kashmir Syed Ali Gilani had also drawn the conclusion from the past events that Hindus would never accept Muslims as an entity in India and a majority population in IIOJK.

Pakistan conferred Nishan-i-Pakistan on Syed Ali Gilani in recognition of his decades-old struggle for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. It is time Indian government should “release all those detained on political or humanitarian grounds” to create a conducive environment for peace to prevail in the region.

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