Srinagar (Occupied Kashmir Press): The month long campaign “Fast for Freedom” organized by ‘Free Kashmiri Political Prisoners‘ commemorating the martyrdom of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guroo concluded today. The first of its kind campaign in Indian Occupied Kashmir began on January 11 this year with minimum supporters. However, the campaign gained pace within days, as more than 200 people joined in and registered for fast, many of them non-Kashmiris. The fast continued for 30 days with a per-day registration program, many of supporters opted for alternate fast while some choose to fast for more than one day without a delay.
The Fast for Freedom was a part of month long campaign of sit-ins, lectures, film-screening, petition and events in Occupied Kashmir and across the globe. The campaigner while commemorating the martyrdom anniversaries also demanded the immediate return and release of two Kashmiri students, Shiekh Farhat and Shiekh Imran incarcerated in a West Bengal jail, and the release of all political prisoners of Kashmir — including the leaders of resistance kept under illegal and indefinite house arrest, and hundreds of juveniles kept under brutal conditions by India. The campaigners also reiterated demand for the return of the last remains of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Afzal Guroo, who were executed and buried inside Tihar Jail, Delhi, against their families’ explicit desires.
Today, as India-imposed siege in Occupied Kashmir entered third day with more than 500 arrests, to stop Kashmiris from commemorating martyrdom anniversaries, 56 people, Kashmiris and non-Kashmiris marked the end of month long Fast for Freedom on 30th martyrdom anniversary of Maqbool Bhat.
Indian judiciary had executed Muhammad Maqbool Bhat on February 11, 1984 and Muhammad Afzal Guroo on February 09, 2013. Both were buried inside Tihar Jail, Delhi. Their families, Kashmiris and the empty graves in Occupied Kashmirs’ biggest martyrs graveyard still waiting for their remains.