Greatest homage to July 13 martyrs is to create tolerant society: Mufti

Omar pledges to safeguard Article 370 and the state’s special status

SRINAGAR: Chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayed and National Conference working president, Omar Abdullah on Sunday paid rich tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 terming them as heroes who laid down their lives to fight oppression and tyranny.
In a message on the eve of Martyrs Day, the chief minister said that the sacrifice of the martyrs to free the society from “autocracy and lay foundation for democracy and human dignity is one of the greatest chapters in the annals of history of Jammu & Kashmir.”
“The greatest homage one can pay to the martyrs is to rise above self and help in creating a tolerant society where everyone can grow in a free democratic atmosphere. Let us all come together to develop a virtuous society which is just and guided by principles of secular democratic temperament,” he said, while emphasizing upon respect for each other’s perspective, which is the essence of a democratic system.
Omar Abdullah also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931 describing them as “timeless, inspirational heroes in our struggle against suppression, tyranny and autocracy.”
The NC working president said the sacrifices of the martyrs to free our society and state from autocracy and to lay the edifice of democracy is one of the richest chapters in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The best way to pay homage to the July 13 martyrs is to take a pledge to safeguard the state from the nefarious designs of certain political parties and entities to launch an assault on Article 370 and the state’s special status. This pledge is not a partisan pledge but one that every proud citizen has to take to protect the state’s honor and dignity at all costs,” Omar Abdullah said in his message.
Recalling the indelible mark of honor left on the hearts of fellow citizens by the sacrifice of the martyrs, Omar Abdullah said this historic struggle launched by ordinary people against monarchy and its unimaginable atrocities on the people was a glorious chapter in the history of J&K’s empowerment and liberation from the clutches of slavery.
Omar Abdullah said the need of the hour was to emulate the courage of those martyrs by pledging to uphold their sacrifices.
“We need to understand that the cause of our political identity and that of our political autonomy stands threatened by external as well as internal foes and conspirators. It is because of the sacrifices of these martyrs and thousands like them that we have a flag and an identity today. It then becomes our sacred duty to protect our flag, to protect our unique political identity and to thwart all attempts to dilute Article 370 and our special status. That would be the best homage to these valiant heroes and martyrs,” the NC leader said.
Saying these martyrs laid the base and edifice of the ‘Quit Kashmir Movement’ by giving the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, the NC working president said the need of the hour was to carry on the spirit of this struggle by dedicating our lives to the progress, prosperity and dignity of our people.
National Conference general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar said that it was the duty of every patriot to augment the sacrifices of these martyrs by standing courageously in the face of all attempts to distort history and trivialize the aspirations and sentiments of the people.
Meanwhile various senior NC party leaders, legislators, party functionaries and activists have also paid glowing tributes to the martyrs.