Pakistanis and Kashmiris are marking the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), today (Monday) to pay tribute to the martyrs of the 1931 carnage.
On July 13, 1931, around 22 Kashmiris were martyred by the troops of Dogra Maharaja for appearing outside the Central Jail in Srinagar in support of Abdul Qadeer, who was charged for instigating people to defy the Dogra Rule.
Functions and seminars across the AJK have been arranged to pay glowing tributes to martyrs on this day. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has appealed the Kashmiris to observe a complete strike in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) in view of the ‘Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.’
In a statement, the APHC spokesman said the strike call was given to stress the urgent need for a peaceful and just solution to the Kashmir dispute. “It was also meant to underline the need for stopping the continuous Indian oppressions against the Hurriyat leaders and the Kashmiri people,” he added.
“Kashmiri martyrs are the real assets of the freedom movement and Kashmiris will never forget their martyrs and will never forgive India for its crimes,” the spokesman remarked. He stressed that the Kashmiris will always remember the sacrifices of their martyrs, saying, “Death over slavery’ is the message of the Kashmiri martyrs for India.”
“India can kill Kashmiri youth but it can’t defeat them. The story of Kashmir’s freedom struggle is being written by martyrs’ blood. Kashmiri martyrs are writing the future of their land with their blood. Kashmiri martyrs are alive in the hearts of every Kashmiri,” he maintained.