Srinagar, July 13, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar to prevent a march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqshband Sahib in Srinagar, today. Call for the march has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership to pay tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931. The JRL has also called for complete shutdown in the territory to commemorate the martyrs of 13th July.
On the other hand, while the All Parties Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has been under house detention since 2010, the authorities have also placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest. The Mirwaiz is scheduled to lead a procession from Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid to the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib. The occupation authorities have also suspended train service in the occupied territory.
It is to mention here that on this day in 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.
As the time for obligatory Zuhr prayers approached, one of the youth stood up and started reciting Azan. He was shot dead by the Dogra soldiers and next youth started the Azan where it was left by the martyred youth. He was also killed and in the process of completing the Azaan a total of 22 Kashmiris were martyred, one after the other. Since then, the Kashmiris observe July 13 as Martyrs’ Day.
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