From Kashmir To PaK, 1931 Martyrs Remembered

13 July 2014
Rising Kashmir
A.H Nizami

Mirpur: While Martyrs Day was marked by Valley-wide shutdown on the call of separatist groups and restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar city by the administration, In Pakistan-administered Kashmir people observed 83rd Kashmir Martyrs Day on Sunday with the renewal of the pledge to continue the grand mission of the Kashmiri martyrs through continuing the 'freedom struggle.' Special gatherings were staged across PaK and rest of the world to observe the day by various social, political and civil societies' representative organisations. Symposia and meetings were the hallmark of the Kashmir Martyrs Day. In Pakistan Administered Kashmir, it was declared a state holiday to facilitate the people to participate in the events of the day from all over. 'The Kashmir Martyrs Day was flanked by a sign of a new hope, that if India agrees to the ground realities without any reservation and learns a lesson from the historical facts that she (New Delhi) cannot rule Kashmiris by force, may help bring a lasting peace and prosperity in the region through the early peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict in line with the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir through granting them their legitimate right to self determination,' a statement issued said. A major ceremony to mark the day was held in the capital city of Muzaffarabad under the auspices of the Kashmir Liberation Cell to pay rich tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs. Speakers on this occasion called for early peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue in line with the international norms and commitments most particularly the UN resolutions. They underlined that the people of Jammu and Kashmir from both sides of the LoC have attached great hopes of the resumption of composite Indo-Pak talks vis-à-vis the early peaceful resolution of all long-standing differences including the much-delayed core issue of Jammu & Kashmir in line with the aspirations of its basic stake-holders - the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Seminars to pay rich tributes to Kashmiri martyrs were arranged at various places to pay rich tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs. Special Kashmir martyrs day meetings were also held in all ten district head quarters including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Bagh, Rawalakot, Sudhanoti, Neelam valley, Haveili, Hattiyan and Bhimbher and all other small and major towns and cities. Addressing these special functions. Speakers paid rich tributes to the Kashmiris martyrs of 1931 who were gunned down by the then dogra rulers outside the Central Jail Srinagar for raising voice for the liberation of the motherland from the Dogra yoke. It was on this day in 1931 when the Dogra troops had shot dead 22 Kashmiris in front of the Central Jail Srinagar. A large number of people had gathered outside the jail protesting against the trial of a young man - Abdul Qadeer for treason inside the prison.