Homage paid to Mirwaiz, Lone on anniversaries.

ISLAMABAD -- In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) paid tribute to prominent Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, on the eve of their martyrdom anniversaries.

According to Kashmir media service,Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was assassinated by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on May 21 in 1990. On the same day, over 70 mourners were killed when Indian troops opened indiscriminate fire on his funeral procession in the Hawal area of Srinagar.

Twelve years later on May 21 in 2002, unknown attackers shot dead Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone when he was returning after addressing a gathering at the Martyrs' Graveyard in Srinagar.

The APHC Vice Chairman, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, and other martyrs of the freedom movement are the heroes of Kashmiri people.

He said the Kashmiris on the martyrdom anniversaries of these leaders vow to accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs.

The APHC leader said that these noble souls sacrificed their lives for a great and sacred cause of freedom. He said, they were torch-bearers of the freedom movement, and their struggle, teachings, and sacrifices are role models for the future generations of Kashmir.

Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar said besides being a visionary leader, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was a great Islamic scholar, orator, and preacher who through his powerful and soul-stirring sermons educated and organized oppressed Kashmiris to raise their voice against Indian oppression.

He said Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was a prudent and outspoken leader who advocated peaceful...

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