‘6th Nov, 1947 worst tragedy in human history’
Srinagar: The resistance leaders on Tuesday paid tributes to the martyrs of Jammu, and in a statement said “it is an extremely painful chapter in the history of Kashmir freedom struggle besides an eye-opener for the world community”.
The leaders who paid homage included – Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik.
In October and November, following the Partition of India in 1947, in the Jammu region of then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of Muslims were massacred and others driven away to West Punjab by extremists, aided and abetted by the forces of the Dogra State headed by the Maharaja Hari Singh.
Geelani in a statement termed 6th November, 1947 it as the “worst tragedy” in human history and said: “All the areas of Jammu region has witnessed the ugliest and brutal episodes.”
While recalling that year, the resistance leader said that the people at the helm of affairs at that time where acting as mute spectators. “After a pause of 71 long years, the thinking and the conduct of the ‘perpetrators’ is reluctant to change. Rather their insensitivity and irresponsive attitude has grown multi-fold,” he added.
Geelani said that “at that time these goons were only active in Jammu region, but they have knocked our doors and are successfully and purposefully moving forward to implement their fascist and communal agenda in valley as well”.
“Time is the best heeler. It changes and alters almost everything, but nature of arrogance, greed, lust and slavery fails to change even with the passage of centuries,” the Hurriyat chairman stated. “We (Kashmiris) are suffering the same way and subjected to bullets, pellets, arrests, PSAs, and raids.”
“New Delhi is suffering from arrogance of power and is using an imperialistic attitude in Jammu and Kashmir to crush our movement of right to self-determination. Since 1947 our nation has rendered unparalleled sacrifices,” Geelani added.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson in a statement said the prayer meeting was held at Hurriyat headquarters regarding Jammu massacre. Meanwhile, Geelani said that
The Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while paying tributes to Jammu martyrs, in a statement said that “70 years ago in Jammu, the murder of lakhs of members of a particular community with a sole aim of changing the demography of the region, was an abhorrent act and that it was done in a systematic and planned manner”.
Mirwaiz termed “the great sacrifices offered by the lakhs of Muslims in Jammu region as a biggest asset to the on-going movement of right to self-determination movement”.
“The hearts of people of Kashmir and Jammu region especially Chenab and Doda valley beat in unison as our political aspirations are one, a fact which can’t be ignored,” the resistance leader said. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir are committed to their struggle for the right to self-determination for which both leadership and people of the State have offered and are offering tremendous sacrifices.”
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz and Geelani paid tributes to the two slain militants killed at Zainapora, Shopian in an encounter with the forces.
Mirwaiz said that “people and the resistance leadership is duty bound to safeguard the mission of martyrs and its high time that people forge unity at all levels so that we achieve the final goal at the earliest”.
Yasin Malik in a statement said: “The massacre of more than three lakh Muslims in Jammu on 6th November 1947 is the blackest day in our history.”
JKLF chairman said that “the people who were massacred at Jammu in 1947 stood for the freedom of Jammu Kashmir”.
The sacrifices of Jammu Muslims for freedom of Jammu Kashmir “is a glorious page of our resistance,” he stated. “Jammu Massacre is also an ugly blot on the face of the international community which has till date failed to bring culprits and killers to justice.”
Malik said that “people of Jammu Kashmir cannot and will never overlook these endless sacrifices”.