Kashmiris observe Martyrs’ Day today

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July 13, 2019 (PPI-OT): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the
world over observed Kashmir Martyrs’ Day, today, to reiterate the pledge to
continue the mission of their martyrs till the achievement of the inalienable
right to self-determination. The day was marked by complete shutdown in
occupied Kashmir. The occupation authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar
by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent a march
towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where the martyrs of 13th July are buried.

Call for
the shutdown and the march was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership to pay
tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs. While the All Parties Hurriyat Chairman Syed
Ali Gilani is under house detention since 2010, the authorities also placed the
Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest. The
Mirwaiz was scheduled to lead a procession from Srinagar’s historic Jamia
Masjid to the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib. The Hurriyat forum in a
statement denounced the authorities for imposing restrictions in Srinagar and
placing the Mirwaiz under house arrest. The authorities also suspended train
service in the occupied territory.

July 13,
1931 is a watershed moment in the history of Kashmir that marks the beginning
of a struggle against tyranny, oppression and despotism. It was on this day in
1931 when the troops of Dogra Maharaja killed 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 the Dogra rule.

leaders and organisations including Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan
Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Maulana Masroor Abbas, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front
and High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in their statements said
that 13th July holds a special significance in the history of Jammu and Kashmir
as on this day in 1931, the Kashmiris stood up for their rights. The Jammu and
Kashmir Peoples Movement organized a function in Rajouri area of Jammu region
to eulogize the sacrifices of the martyrs of 13th July.

senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Mohammad Ashraf
Sehrai, in a statement in Srinagar expressed concern over stopping of
ambulances on Srinagar-Jammu highway frequently to allow Indian Army or
Amarnath yatra convoys to pass first. An 8-year-old student was injured after
he was deliberately hit by an Indian Army vehicle in Kunan Gund area of
Ganderbal district.

Islamabad, speakers at a conference organised by the APHC-AJK said that the
sacrifices being rendered by the people of occupied Kashmir were part of the
continuation of the mission of the martyrs of the 13th July, 1931. They
appealed to world community to play its role in the settlement of the Kashmir
dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations for ensuring durable
peace in South Asia.

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