Thousands attend funeral of youth in Kupwara

Srinagar, July 12 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe Kashmir Martyrs’ Day, tomorrow, as the day of reaffirmation of the pledge that they will continue the mission of their martyrs till the achievement of the inalienable right to self-determination.

The day will be marked by complete shutdown and a march towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried. Call for the observance of the day has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

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 Zuhar 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 Azan a total of 22 Kashmiris were martyred, one after the other. This carnage is the blackest chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people, today, participated in the funeral prayers of 20-year-old youth at Trehgam in Kupwara district. The youth, identified as Khalid Ghafar, a shopkeeper, was killed after the Indian troops opened fire on a group of protesters at Trehgam village, last evening. Indian troops during their fresh act of state terrorism martyred one more youth in Kandi area of the district, today, bringing the toll to two in less than 24 hours. The killings led to complete shutdown in Kupwara district. The authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in the district to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killings.

Shutdown was observed in Kishtwar and adjoining areas of Jammu region against the rise in civilian killings in the Kashmir Valley.

The authorities continued to place all resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi either under house detention or in jails to prevent them from leading the march towards Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqshband Sahib, tomorrow.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat spokesperson in a statement appealed to the people especially Imaams of masajid to hold special prayers for the release of party Chairperson Aasiya Andrabi and her associates.

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