SRINAGAR, (TNS): Kashmiris observe Martyrs’ Day


SRINAGAR, July 13 (TNS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world observed Kashmir Martyrs’ Day (Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir) on Thursday with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs until freedom from Indian suppression.

A complete shutter-down strike was observed across the held territory as part of the week-long protest schedule.

The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik gave the call for the strike.

The day is being marked by complete shutdown in the occupied territory. A march will also be conducted towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried.

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.

In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities imposed curfew in Srinagar and Badgam and strict restrictions in all other parts of the territory to prevent a march towards Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar and protests against the rising incidents of killings.

The authorities arrested dozens of Hurriyat activists and youth during nocturnal raids in different areas of the territory to prevent protests. Residents told media over phone that they were not being allowed to move out of their houses.

The authorities continue to put resistance leaders Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and others under house detention or in custody to prevent them from leading march and anti-India demonstrations.