Hizb tribute to Maqbool Butt - 2003


Kashmir's dominant fighter group, Hizbul Mujahideen, on Monday paid glowing tributes to Maqbool Butt and said it was following his course of action to win freedom of Kashmir.

"The freedom fighters in general and the Hizbul Mujahideen in particular are following the course set by Shaheed Maqbool Butt for the liberation of Kashmir from Indian yoke," Hizb spokesman Salim Hashmi said in a message on the eve of Mr Butt's death anniversary.

"Jihad is the only way to end the prolonged occupation of Kashmir by India, and the Kashmiris will carry it on until they achieve the goal of freedom," Mr Hashmi said.

He said the martyrdom of Mr Butt in 1984 testified to the fact that the Kashmiris themselves had been waging a war against the illegal Indian rule in Kashmir since long.

Mr Butt was hanged by the Indian government in New Delhi's Tihar Jail on Feb 11, 1984.