Martyrdom Week commences in IOK today

Srinagar, May 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Martyrdom Week commenced, today, with the recitation of holy Quran and special prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and all the district and tehsil headquarters of Awami Action Committee.

The Martyrdom Week is being observed to pay tributes to prominent Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone as well as victims of Hawal massacre on their martyrdom anniversaries. Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on 21st of May in 1990. More than 70 mourners were killed in Hawal area of the city when Indian troops opened fire on his funeral procession. On the same day, in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was killed by unknown assailants when he was returning from Eidgah after addressing a public gathering.

The AAC has announced various programmes in connection with the Martyrdom Week. As per the AAC statement on Sunday, a seminar will be organised by Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at its Rajbagh headquarters in Srinagar wherein Hurriyat leaders will speak and pay rich tributes to Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal massacre.

The AAC said on Monday, Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam will organize a seminar at the auditorium of Islmia Higher Secondary School, Rajouri Kadal, under the title “Amal Say Zindagi Banti Hai Janat Bhi, Jahanam Bhi”. “On the occasion, a special issue of Shaheed-e-Milat number 2019 will also be released. On the same day, the AAC will also hold a workers’ rally at its Rajouri Kadal headquarters in memory of the martyrs,” it said.

The AAC said that on Tuesday, complete shutdown will be observed across occupied Kashmir in memory of Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, victims of Hawal massacre and all the martyrs of Kashmir struggle. It said after the Zuhr prayers, a congregational Fateha Khawani will be held at Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar where Hurriyat leaders will address the people and reiterate the Kashmiris’ resolve to carry on the peaceful struggle for the right of self-determination.

The AAC deplored that for the first time since past 28 years, the occupation authorities have denied the permission to doctors for taking part in the free medical camp and blood donation camp that used to be set up outside the Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, in connection with the Martyrdom Week.

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