ISLAMABAD: Hurriyet leaders have expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, describing him as the great inspiration for the suppressed people across the globe.
According to KMS, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Mandela was a great revolutionary of the present day world and strived throughout his life for the rights of his people.
“The struggle of Mandela is a role model for the people and the leadership of the suppressed nations,” he added.
Veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, in his statement in Srinagar said that Mandela was the great leader for his country and he rendered innumerable sacrifices for his people. “He provided inspiration to the people who are fighting for their rights in every corner of the world,” he said adding that Mandela didn’t surrender despite so many hardships.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik expressed grief and sorrow over the demise, said Nelson Mandela was a leader of masses.
Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah termed Mandela a great hero of the modern times. He said that Mandela served his nation with sincerity.
It is to be mentioned here that on September 2, 1998, Nelson Mandela, the then South African President, raised the Kashmir dispute during a two-day Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Durban stating that the dispute should be resolved through peaceful
negotiations. He had said that NAM would extend full support for its resolution.
This was the first time that Kashmir dispute was highlighted at any NAM summit. The summit was attended by a galaxy of world leaders including the then Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari
Vajpayee, and the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.