Srinagar, September 22: In occupied Kashmir, civil society activists have released a song album titled ‘Tribute to Mohammad Afzal Guru’ in Srinagar. Khurram Parvez, a noted rights activist, addressing the ceremony said, the album is the message to government of India that Kashmiris will never forget those killed during their struggle for securing their right to self-determination. “Indian government had thought that Kashmiris will observe strike for few days and forget the murder of Afzal Guru, but we will always remember our martyrs and keep on highlighting their sacrifices through various means,” he stated.
Naqshab Afra, a member of civil society, said that the album had been compiled to pay tribute to Afzal Guru and other Kashmiri martyrs and to show resistance against the occupation and tyranny of India, which was employing every means to stifle voices of the Kashmiri people.
Noted pediatrician and writer, Dr Altaf Hussain said that songs, poetry, books, films and other means could also prove a powerful tools of resistance. “We have to convey our message through different forms to the world and the people of India and in this regard songs, music and poetry will be powerful tools,” he said.
Renowned poet, Zareef Ahmad Zareef said that writing resistance poetry had always remained in Kashmiri society and people had written against every form of oppression.
Senior journalist Zahir-ud-Din, said, “The present democratic Indian rule is more brutal than the autocratic Dogra rule.”
The album in both audio and video formats comprises songs of resilience, grief and mourning against the secret hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru. Comprising 15 songs in Kashmiri and Urdu, the album will soon be available on the internet for free download.
Afzal Guru was hanged by India in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9 this year in connection with 2001 Indian Parliament attack.