Kashmiris the world over observe Martyrs’ Day

Srinagar, July 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Martyrs Day was marked by a complete strike, today, call for which had been given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and other liberation leaders.

It was on July 13 in 1931 when the Dogra troops shot dead 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar. They had gathered in the jail premises to attend the court proceedings against one, Abdul Qadeer, who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy Dogra rule.

Indian police arrest veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani in Srinagar.

The occupation authorities had imposed strict restrictions to prevent people from marching towards the martyrs’ graveyard at Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar, where the martyrs of 13th July are buried.The authorities had placed almost all liberation leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Bilal Ghani Lone, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest in Srinagar.

Later, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Javed Ahmed Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Muhammad Rafiq Ganai and others were taken into custody when they tried to march towards the Naqshband Sahib to pay tributes to the martyrs. The authorities confined Hurriyet leaders, Yasmeen Raja and Farooq Ahmed Dar to the office of Shabbir Shah in Srinagar.

People took out pro-liberation processions in Handwara, Sopore and Banihal areas. APHC leaders, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, addressing a function in Rajouri and Bashir Ahmad Andrabi at Mandna in Pulwama reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue their liberation struggle till they achieved their right to self-determination.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter, staged a protest demonstration outside the United Nations Observers’ Office in Islamabad and handed over a memorandum to the UN officials. Speakers on the occasion said that the sacrifices of the 1931 martyrs would always be remembered as they had laid the foundation stone of the movement of right to self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir.

In London, speakers at a function organised by the Kashmir Centre reiterated that the best tribute to the martyrs was to continue their mission with commitment and dedication. Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Mohammed Ayub, Dr Zulfiqar ALI, Sabir Hussain, Shoaib Nazish and Raja Mohammed Eshaq were among those who spoke on the occasion.

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