• Friday, 21 June 2024

Kurdish Leader Honors Legacy of Leyla Qasim on 50th Anniversary of Execution

Kurdish Leader Honors Legacy of Leyla Qasim on 50th Anniversary of Execution

In a moving tribute marking the 50th anniversary of the execution of Kurdish activist Leyla Qasim and her comrades, Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), commemorated their bravery and sacrifice in the enduring Kurdish struggle.

Leyla Qasim, an emblem of unwavering courage and dedication to the Kurdish cause, was hailed by Barzani as a symbol of inspiration and resilience. Through a statement released by the Barzani Headquarters, he praised Qasim for her unwavering commitment to her nation, leaving an indelible mark on history.

"Leyla Qasim stands as a beacon of inspiration, exemplifying the strength and resilience of Kurdish women in the face of adversity," Barzani remarked. "Her refusal to compromise her principles even in the face of martyrdom serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Kurdish people."

Barzani also paid homage to Qasim's comrades, including Nariman Fuad Masti, Hassan Hama Rashid, Azad Sulaiman Miran, and Jawad Hamwandi, highlighting the collective importance of their struggle and emphasizing that their legacy continues to inspire Kurds to this day.

Leyla Qasim, who was executed by the Iraqi regime at the age of 22 on May 12, 1974, expressed her final wish to be adorned in traditional Kurdish attire, symbolizing her unwavering commitment to her homeland. Her defiance in the face of her Ba'athist captors remains etched in history, as she declared, "After my execution, thousands of Kurds will wake up."

Barzani's tribute underscores the profound impact of Leyla Qasim's sacrifice and her enduring role in Kurdish history. Her legacy serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for Kurdish freedom and the unwavering spirit of those who continue to fight for their rights.

The commemoration of Leyla Qasim's courage and sacrifice comes at a crucial time, resonating deeply with Kurds who continue to seek justice and recognition for their national aspirations in the region.