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Maqbool Bhat will always remain a symbol of freedom, says Malik

Srinagar, Feb 10: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday while paying rich tributes to

Muhammad Maqbool Bhat on his 35th martyrdom day said that he will always remain as a symbol of freedom.


“Muhammad Maqbool Butt was an ideologue, a statesman, a warrior, a political leader and a diplomat who led nation of Kashmir on all fronts and sacrificed his life for the sacred cause.” Malik said in a statement.

Terming the struggle and sacrifice of Bhat, as cornerstone of Kashmiri freedom movement, JKLF chairman who is in police custody along with other JKLF leaders said that father of Kashmiri Nation Muhammad Maqbool Butt will always remain as a symbol of freedom and liberty not only for Kashmiri nation but for all the nations which are striving for their freedom and emancipation.

JKLF chairman said, “Bhat was not an ordinary person; he was an ideologue, a warrior, a leader and an intellectual who visualized of a free Jammu Kashmir, pursued his dream, strived hard for it and sacrificed his life for this righteous cause.”

He said that his struggle is a glorious chapter of our history that will always guide us through the tough journey of freedom struggle.“Bhat started his struggle as a teenager, continued it during his youthful days, migrated for the righteous cause and returned back to his mother land not once but twice to notwithstanding the apprehensions of gallows waiting for him.

JKLF chairman said that as a student Maqbool was foremost, as a youth he stood in the first line, as a warrior he chose to lead from front and when it came to sacrificing his life, it was he who kissed gallows at Tihar jail Delhi without any regret or remorse and that too at a time when our whole nation was in deep slumber.

JKLF chairman said that Maqbool Butt not only showed us how to continue struggle and resistance when free but also illustrated before us the way to continue resistance from jails and incarceration centers. His letters written during 12 years of incarceration from Delhi jail are a testimony of his intellect and greatness and every young Kashmiri should at least read these letters to know about this legend.

He said that Maqbool started his mission as a loner but soon thousands followed his footprints and lay down their today for the betterment of our tomorrow.