Srinagar, July 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organisations have paid rich tributes to the martyrs of 13th July 1931 on their martyrdom anniversary, today.

On 13th 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 the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule.

Senior APHC leader and President of Anjuman Shari Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying tributes to the 13th July martyrs, said, “This day has the significance of marking the beginning of the ongoing freedom struggle.” He said on this day in 1931, the Kashmiris for the first time raised their voice against the atrocities perpetrated by the Dogra rulers on them and 22 persons offered supreme sacrifices of their life. The ongoing freedom movement is the continuous process of that struggle, he added.

Senior Hurriyat leader and the Chief Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari in a statement in Sringar said that July 13 holds a special significance in the history of Kashmir as it was beginning of the Kashmiris’ movement.

He also condemned the imposition of restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from paying tributes to the martyrs.

The Acting Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Abdul Hameed Butt, in his statement in Srinagar said, July 13, 1931 is a historic day of Kashmiris’ resistance history. It was on this day when the Kashmiris with unity and steadfastness started their struggle for freedom from occupation, monarchy, dictatorship, autocracy and all kinds of suppressions.

The Hurriyat forum and Awami Action Committee (AAC) headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their statements in Srinagar recalled the great and supreme sacrifices of the martyrs of July 13, 1931 and paid tributes to them. The AAC said that the martyrs were the first to raise their voice in Jammu and Kashmir against the oppressive autocratic rule and sacrificed their life fighting it.

The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in its statement remembering the sacrifices of the Kashmiris who were martyred in 1931 expressed the confidence that the people of Kashmir would carry forward the mission of their martyrs till they achieved their goal for which they had sacrificed a lot during the last over seven decades.


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