Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 01:04:32 pm
Kashmiris observed Martyrs' Day today to pay homage to martyrs of July 13, 1931
July 13, 2020

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and world over observed Kashmir Martyrs Day on Monday to pay homage to martyrs of July 13, 1931.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown observed to mark the Day.

Call for the strike has been given by the veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum to reiterate the urgent need for a peaceful and just resolution of the Kashmir dispute and to put an end to repression against the Kashmiri people and Hurriyat leaders.

Syed Ali Gilani in a tweet said that the people of occupied Kashmir will continue their battle against Indian oppression till the dawn of freedom.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum has said that 13th July 1931 is a milestone in the history of Jammu and Kashmir as on the day Kashmiris for the first time collectively stood up to resist oppressive autocratic rule.

On 13th July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra Rule.

The APHC has appealed to the people to conduct a march towards the Mazar-e-Shuhada, Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar on the day where the martyrs of 1931 are buried.

Kashmir Liberation Cell, Hurriyet organizations, political, social and religious organizations have arranged rallies, functions and seminars at all big and small cities of Azad Kashmir to pay glowing tributes to martyrs of 13th July, 1931.

In the state capital Muzaffarabad, the main function of the day was held at Prime Minister Secretariat where AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan was chief guest.

A smartly contingent of Police presented salute to the Shuhada as a mark of respect.

Addressing the ceremony, Raja Farooq Haider Khan paid rich tributes to 22 Kashmiris who embraced Shahadat on 13 July, 1931 and vowed to carry on their mission.