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Kashmiris observing Martyrs’ Day today

Srinagar, July 13, 2019 (PPI-OT): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Kashmir Martyrs’ Day, today, to reaffirm the pledge to continue the mission of their martyrs till the achievement of the inalienable right to self-determination. The day is being marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir. Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership. The JRL has also called for a march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried.

On the 13th of July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule. Thousands of people had gathered outside the court to show their solidarity with Abdul Qadeer. As the time for obligatory Zuhr prayers approached, one of the youth stood up and started reciting Azan. He was shot dead by the Dogra soldiers and next youth started the Azan where it was left by the martyred youth. He was also killed and in the process of completing the Azaan a total of 22 Kashmiris were martyred, one after the other.

The occupation authorities have placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest while the All Parties Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Gilani is already under house detention since 2010. As per schedule, the Mirwaiz is to lead a procession from Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid to the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib. The authorities have also imposed restrictions in Srinagar by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to forestall the march.

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