Altaf Hamid Rao.
MUZAFFARABAD/ MIRPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times) : Kashmiri living on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on Tuesday to pay homage to the martyrs of July 13, 1931. Protest rallies and demonstrations were held all over Azad Kashmir to invite the world’s attention towards the un-resolved Kashmir dispute and gruesome human rights violations by the Indian forces on Kashmiri people in Occupied Kashmir . The peoples on this occasion reaffirmed their determination to continue the struggle till the achievement of their right to self determination in accordance with the United Nations agreed resolutions.
On July 13, 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiri one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar during court proceedings against Abdul Qadeer, who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra Rule. Thus, 22 youth sacrificed their lives till the completion of Azaan.
Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs and renewed the pledge to continue the struggle of Kashmir liberation till the complete liberation of Occupied Kashmir from Indian clutches. He said the supreme sacrifice offered by the Kashmiri martyrs on 13 July 1931 had infused new spirit among the Kashmiri people and had added a new chapter in the history of resistance and sacrifice .He said the sacrifices of 13 July 1931martyrs had served a beacon light for the Kashmiri struggling for their right to self determination and added that this indomitable spirit of sacrifices will remain alive in the freedom history of Kashmir . The Prime Minister said that the objective for which the Kashmiri martyrs had offered their sacrifices will continue and expressed the hope that the long night of terror and repressions would soon end and the dawn of freedom will rise and Kashmiri will ultimately get their fundamental right to self determination. He said the month of July has a significant importance in the freedom history of Kashmir and added that during the month of July the historical accession to Pakistan resolution was passed while the sacrifice of Burhan Wani has also given new dimension to the Kashmir liberation movement.