SRINAGAR: Pro freedom leaders from Kashmir Valley Friday paid immense tribute to slain Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Commander-in-Chief Ashfaq Majeed Wani on his 28th death anniversary.
Ashfaq Majeed Wani was killed at the age of 23, in a gunfight with Indian Forces in the Hawal area of the old city Srinagar city on March 30, 1990.
According to his colleagues, despite severe curfew and restrictions and massive military presence, at least 50 back to back funeral prayers were offered for Ashfaq. Mourners were barred to take his body in procession from his native place to graveyard.
He was buried at Martyrs Graveyard in Srinagar’s Downtown Idgah.
Fateh Khawani is organized on 30th March every year at his grave yard in Idgah and Sarai Balla at his ancestral home.
A number of separatist leaders including Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik visited Martyrs Graveyard Idgah on Friday and offered Fathe Khawani there. The leaders and activists remembered Ashfaq and hailed his contribution towards the ongoing Kashmir Freedom Struggle.
For his close friend Javaid Ahmed Mir, Ashfaq was a farsighted Commander who understood politics well. “He was the first Chief Commander of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front who was practical and optimistic. He was simple, educated and a man of highest character. His prophecies are turning true and we today realize Ashfaq was far ahead of his times,” Mir told this reporter.
He died at the young age of 23 and yet he was able to create a place for himself in the annals of history.
Ashfaq who hails from Saraibala Srinagar according to Mir vehemently opposed the fragmentation of militant organizations in Kashmir. “He had made it clear to Pakistan that creation of numerous militant organizations will not serve any purpose. Ashfaq was bold and courageous who sacrificed his life for Kashmir,” Mir said.
He studied at Tyndale Biscoe School and later went to Sri Pratap College and the University of Kashmir.
“The quality that I liked of Ashfaq was his articulation. He possessed charisma and was articulate and fluent in English. He gave many interviews to foreign journalists. In one of his interviews to a German journalist Mr Woulf in the outskirts of Srinagar city, Ashfaq articulately defined Kashmir problem and cleared the concept of conflict for International community.”
(Neyaz Elahi is associated with Current News Service who can be reached at [email protected])