JRL writes to UN chief seeking return of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat, Afzal Guru
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has written to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres seeking return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru who were hanged and buried by the Government of India (GoI) inside Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984 and February 9, 2013 respectively.
JRL in the memorandum to UN chief said, “On behalf of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, we the under-signed convey the overwhelming desire of our people to get the mortal remains of our martyrs legendary Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru to give them a dignified burial they deserve.”
It is not only our assertion but the opinion of many human rights organisations, activists and justice-loving people around the globe that the execution of both “ideologues” was based on “politically-motivated judgments” and against all norms of justice and fairness, JRL said adding that Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru were executed just “to satisfy the collective conscience of the Indian society” rather than on the basis of concrete evidence or the principle of fair justice.
“What could be crueller than even denying the legal right of their proper burial and funeral to their near and dear ones? Both being the prominent heroes of our freedom struggle, it has been the constant demand of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to get their mortal remains so that they are given an appropriate and dignified burial. The demand is completely genuine and in accordance with the principles of law and justice. However, the successive governments of India have rejected this demand and refused to return the mortal remains of the two martyrs to the people,” the resistance leadership said.
JRL said the people of Jammu & Kashmir are engaged in a struggle for the exercise of their right to self-determination that has been accrued to them through UN charter and various United Nations resolutions for the past seven decades and the Government of India has been using all possible methods of “suppression and coercion” to silence the voice of the people.
“9 and 11 February being the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat respectively, we appeal your Excellency to effectively take up the issue with the Government of India for the return of the mortal remains of both the martyrs to their kith and the people of Jammu & Kashmir,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said. “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”