The 5th martyrdom anniversary of veteran Kashmiri freedom fighter Shaheed Afzal Guru was observed across Azad Jammu& Kashmir on Thursday with due solemnity and reverence.
The valiant Kashmir freedom struggle leader Dr. Afzal Guru had been put to gallows on this day five years ago in New Delhi in a fake charge of attack on the Indian Parliament.
Major ceremony to pay rich tributes to the eminent hero of the Kashmir freedom struggle was hosted by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell at Central Press Club in the State’s metropolis on Friday.
The ceremony was followed by a protest rally taken out from Press Club premises to Burhan Wani Chowk.
Addressing the rally speakers including Secretary Jammu Kashmir Liberation Cell Muhammad Idrees Abbasi, Mushtaq ul Islam, Fida Kiani, Shamsher Khan, Shoab Shah and Barber Bashir declared the death of Afzal Guru as judicial killing and worst violation of human rights.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter held a condolence reference and paid tributes to the Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, on their martyrdom anniversaries.
The AJK Hurriyat leaders said that the martyrdoms were an inseparable part of the ongoing liberation movement and the Kashmiri people would protect the supreme sacrifices of their martyrs and take their mission to its logical end.
They termed the executions of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru as judicial murders and said that India did not fulfill legal requirements while executing them.
They said with all that brutality and cruelty India could not kill the freedom sentiments of the people of Kashmir but had strengthened the resolve and commitment of the Kashmiris towards the freedom struggle of Kashmir.
It was also decided in the meeting that a seminar will be held on February 12 to pay tributes to the martyred leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru.