Rich tributes paid to martyrs of 13th July

Srinagar, July 13 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have paid rich tributes to the Martyrs of July 13, 1931 on their 91st martyrdom anniversary.

The AAC in a statement issued in Srinagar recalled the sacrifices and paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of 13th July 1931 and to all the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the realisation of the aspirations and rights of the struggling people of Jammu and Kashmir since then.

The AAC said since its inception in 1963 and before that during the days of Muslim Conference, the party has been commemorating this day, under the leadership of Mohajir-e-Millat Mirwaiz Yousuf shah and then under Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq as Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir (Kashmir Martyrs’ Day) and now under the chairmanship of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The AAC said that it was a day when the party and people of occupied territory by remembering and honoring the sacrifices of the martyrs, renew their commitment to the realization of their will and aspirations politically and through peaceful means of conflict resolution, for which these martyrs laid down their precious lives.

It said that this year too, due to the arbitrary house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the authorities in IIOJK since August 2019, it was not possible for him to lead the traditional march to the Martyrs’ Graveyard to pay congregational tributes to martyrs of 13th July 1931.

Meanwhile, the AAC reiterated its demand for the release of all political prisoners, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, as well as those who have been lodged in various jails for years in occupied Kashmir and other jails across India.

The participants of a meeting organized in Srinagar by Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM), a constituent of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, said that the Kashmiri people would not allow the sacrifices of the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and other Kashmiri martyrs of the ongoing freedom movement to go in vain and will accomplish their mission at all costs.

They said India has virtually turned IIOJK into a military garrison where Indian troops were engaged in the genocide of innocent Kashmiris. They appealed to the international community to play its role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people for ensuring permanent peace in South Asia. The meeting was chaired by APHC leader, Khawaja Firdous.

The High Court Bar Association in IIOJK also paid rich tributes to the Martyrs of 13th July 1931 and others. In a statement issued in Srinagar the Association said “Kashmiri people will not forget you, and martyrs will live in their thoughts and hearts”.

Senior APHC leader and chairman of the United Peace Alliance, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement in Jammu said that supreme sacrifices made by 22 Kashmiris against the Dogra rule would always be written with the golden worlds. He strongly condemned the occupation authorities for imposing restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from paying tributes to these martyrs.

On the other hand, senior leader of APHC-AJK chapter Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, while paying rich tributes to the martyrs of 13 July, 1931, said the gruesome event was a milestone in the history of Kashmir’s peaceful political struggle for basic human rights and freedom from oppression and military occupation. He pointed out that the day marks first collective revolt by the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the military occupation and dynastical rule of a repressive Hindu regime after the sale-deed of Amritsar between the British, Sikhs and Dogras in 1846. Farooq Rehmani maintained that on this day the Kashmiris pledge to hold the banner of freedom high and urged the international community to implement the UN resolutions to settle the Kashmir dispute in a just and peaceful manner.

APHC-AJK chapter leaders,Gulshan Ahmad, Qazi Imran and Khalid Shabir in their statements paying homage to the martyrs of 13 July 1931 said the Kashmiri people will never forget the sacrifices of their martyrs and will continue struggle against illegal occupation till freedom from Indian yoke.

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