Srinagar, July 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed Kashmir Martyrs’ Day, today, to convey to the international community that India has failed to subdue the Kashmiri people by the use of brute force and they are determined to continue their liberation struggle, against all odds.
It was on this day in 1931 that the Dogra forces had shot dead 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar. They had gathered to show solidarity with one, Abdul Qadeer who was being tried in the jail for persuading people to defy the Dogra rule.
In occupied Kashmir, the Day was marked by total shutdown by the people and stringent restrictions in all major cities and towns by the authorities.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and other Hurriyet leaders were placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading the march.
Indian police arrested several Hurriyet leaders and activists including Yasmeen Raja, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Javed Ahmed Mir and Abdul Ahad Parra and lodged them at different police stations.
All routes leading towards Srinagar city were barricaded to prevent people from marching towards the Martyred Graveyard at Naqshband Sahib, where the 1931 martyrs are buried. Call for the march had been given by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Gilani.
They along with other Hurriyet leaders paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that observance of the strike had showed that the people of Kashmir had not forgotten their martyrs. He said that the ongoing movement would continue till a single Indian trooper was present in occupied Kashmir.
Despite restrictions, senior APHC leader, Bilal Ghani Lone led a procession in Handwara. Addressing on the occasion, he strongly denounced the curbs imposed by the puppet authorities on Hurriyet leaders.
In Islamabad, speakers at a seminar organised by the APHC-AJK chapter and presided over by the Convenor, Syed Yousuf Naseem, said that the ongoing liberation movement was continuation of the struggle started by the martyrs of 13th July 1931.
A resolution passed on the occasion demanded release of illegally detained Hurriyet leaders, end to human rights violations and repeal of draconian laws from the occupied territory.
The AJK chapter of the forum led by Syed Ali Gilani in its meeting chaired by Convenor, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, said that the mission of Kashmiri martyrs would be accomplished at all costs.
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