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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Imran Khan pays respect to Kashmiris on Martyrs day

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control are observing Kashmir Martyrs Day today.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday paid tribute to martyrs of July 13, 1931 and said that Pakistanis stand with Kashmiris on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.

On the occasion of Kashmir Martyrs Day, he said the spirit of struggle remains alive as Kashmiri men and women continue to fight the illegal Indian occupation.

In a series of tweets, the prime minister highlighted the atrocities and hardships faced by the people of Kashmir committed by Indian brutalities during the military siege and assured them of Pakistan’s endless support.

All Parties at the Hurriyat Conference has appealed to the Kashmiri people to mark the day by a complete shutdown in the in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

A march will also take place towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar where the martyrs of 13th July were buried.

In a statement in Srinagar, APHC spokesman said that the major objective of the shutdown and the march is to convey the message to the world that the Kashmiris will always reject Indian occupation.

“this year alone, the Indian Occupation Forces have extra-judicially killed 85 innocent Kashmiris including young boys and women; arbitrarily arrested and detained 537 Kashmiris, and destroyed 31 houses of Kashmiri people,” the FO spokesperson elaborated.

Over 390 Kashmiris have been martyred by the Indian Occupation Forces in IIOJK since August 5, 2019.”

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On this occasion, it become important to mention how On 13th July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra Rule. Thus, 22 youth sacrificed their lives till the completion of Azaan.

To this Prime Minister Imran Khan had acknowledged and paid his tributes to incident in which he stated “We stand with Kashmiris on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day & pay tribute to 22 Shuhada of 13 July 1931, martyred when the Dogra Maharaja’s soldiers fired on peaceful protestors,”

The premier further highlighted that Kashmiris’ struggle against tyranny and illegal Indian occupation was steeped in a history of resistance and sacrifice.

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In a statement on the occasion, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said the federal government and people of Pakistan pay homage to the 22 sons of IIOJK who laid down their lives fighting the brutal Dogra forces in Srinagar in 1931.

“The courage of these martyrs galvanized an unparalleled struggle for self-determination in 1931 that continues till date” he further added.