Kashmir remembers Wamiq Farooq

Kashmiri Muslims pray by the body of Wamiq Farooq during his funeral procession in Srinagar.

By Muheet-ul-Islam

Indian-Controlled Kashmir

On the third death anniversary of seventeen-year-old Wamiq Farooq, the pro-freedom leaders of Indian-controlled Kashmir, today, called for “boycott of Pro-India political parties and their workers,” saying that no one will be allowed to “sell the blood of martyrs and the freedom struggle will be carried forward till it reaches its logical end.”The leaders were addressing a seminar, organised on the anniversary of Farooq. He was killed by the Indian forces during the 2010 civil uprising by firing a teargas shell on his head near the capital city, Srinagar’s Gani Memorial stadium.

Farooq’s father alleged that the police and state are creating hurdles in the case of his son and are shielding culprits. Reportedly, he visited four hundred times to courts from Kashmir to Delhi, seeking justice for his slain son.

“We have offered the sacrifices of lakhs of people right from 1947 and we cannot forget them. Wamiq Farooq is a symbol of martyrs,” said noted lawyer, Mian Abdul Qayoom.

Wamiq Farooq
Wamiq Farooq

He added that the anti-India sentiment in the hearts of Kashmiris won’t be crushed and the struggle for Right to self-determination will be taken its logical end. “The sacrifices of the martyrs won’t be ignored. We should boycott elections held by India here in Kashmir. We should stop collaborating with Pro-India parties as well as Jammu and Kashmir Police,” said Qayoom, also a former president of the High Court bar association (HCBA).

Also speaking at the seminar, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, the vice chairman of the pro-freedom Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) said that the Kashmiri nation is not afraid of hangings and martyrdoms.

“We will continue the struggle in the same way like Maqbool Butt did, who was then hanged by India,” said Bhat. Maqbool Butt was the founder of the JKLF and was hanged by India on February 11, 1984 in Tihar Jail.

A representative from the Tehreek-i-Hurriyat party said that the hypocrites within the resistance leaderships have hurt the movement both at the time of armed rebellion as well as during civil uprising.

“In order to appease their western masters and call them as moderates, they indulge in collaboration with India, which has created rift among leadership. In the name of strategy, few leaders in Kashmir are on the path of sell-out,” he said.

Sep. 15, 2010. Interview of Wamiq Farooq’s mother. Courtesy BBC Urdu

Dozens of people including pro freedom leaders, lawyers, and members of civil society were present in the seminar. In the 2010 civil uprising, 112 people, mostly teenagers were killed by the Indian forces and the local police at several places in Kashmir. Around 3000 got injured and several thousands were jailed post-uprising.

Photograph by Nissar Ahmad for The Hindu

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