Shutdown in IIOJK tomorrow to remember 13 July 1931 martyrs

Srinagar, July 12 (KMS): Complete shutdown will be observed in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, tomorrow, to mark the 13th July 1931 as Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.

Call for the strike is part of the Martyrs’ Week given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and supported by all pro-freedom organizations in remembrance of the 1931 martyrs.

The people will assemble at Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar to pay tributes to the martyrs who are buried there.

The APHC leadership in a statement reiterated its appeal for observance of shutdown to commemorate the martyrdom of 22 Kashmiris who were killed within the premises of Central Jail Srinagar by the forces of Dogra ruler on 13 July in 1931.

These martyrs were part of thousands of people who had assembled outside the Central Jail, Srinagar, during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked the people to defy the Dogra rule. At the time of Namaz-e-Zuhr, a young man started calling Azaan and was shot dead by the Dogra soldiers. Another youth took his place and he too was martyred by the troops. Thus, 22 youth sacrificed their lives till the completion of Azaan.

The APHC said that the sacred blood of these martyrs ignited the candle of freedom in Jammu and Kashmir against the tyranny and subjugation of the Dogra rulers.

The leadership urged the OIC Secretary General and the UN chief to save the innocent Kashmiris from trigger-happy Indian forces by resolving the Kashmir dispute in its historical perspective.

Meanwhile, illegally detained senior APHC leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan and other Hurriyat leaders including Abdul Ahad Parra, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Zamruda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Abdul Samad Inqilabi and APHC-AJK Convener Mehmood Ahmad Saghar in their statements paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of July 1931 said that the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir for the freedom cause would not be allowed to go waste.

They said, “As per the UN resolutions Pakistan is a key stakeholder in the Kashmir dispute and it is naive to think that any conflict resolution process can yield results without the proper involvement of key stakeholders”. The leaders said Kashmir is neither a regional nor a boundary issue, but it is an issue which involves the political future of the Kashmiris.

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