Tributes paid to July 13 martyrs

Tributes paid to July 13 martyrs

Srinagar: The National Conference, J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH), Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP)on Friday paid tributes to July 13, 1931 martyrs.
The statement quoting the NC president Farooq Abdullah saying “1931 stands out as a milestone in the history of Jammu & Kashmir. “It was a fight of tyrannized against tyrants, of the oppressed against the oppressors. The day paved the way for a more organised struggle against the autocratic and oligarchic rule. It is now for the coming generations to carry forward the mission of those martyrs. The notable contribution of the martyrs of 1931 shall be remembered for all the times to come. On this day, I pay my glowing tributes to each one of them. I salute their supreme sacrifice.”
The NC vice president Omar Abdullah said as quoted by the statement, “It was a day of political awakening in Jammu & Kashmir. A great landmark in our history, the uprising of 1931 was reflective of growing political consciousness in our people. The martyrs of 1931 will continue to be a beacon of humanity’s struggle for justice and dignity. I pay my earnest tributes to the martyrs.”
The other leaders of the party who also paid tributes including Ali Muhammad Sagar, Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Abdul Rahim Rathar, Mubarak Gul, Shameema Firdous, Nazir Gurezi, Mian Altaf, Sakina Itoo, Sharief Ud Din Shariq, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Hasnain Masoodi, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Dr Bashir Veeri, Irfan Shah, Peer Afaq, Javed Dar, Altaf Kaloo, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Salman Ali Sagar, Imran Nabi Dar and others.
“They termed the incident as a turning point in the history of the state that will inspire many,” the statement said.
Bar in a statement said: On this day, the people of Kashmir stormed the gates of Central Jail, Srinagar and formed their way in the courtyard to watch the proceedings of a criminal case filed against one Abdul Qadeer, who was arrested for making a speech at Khankah-i-Moula for mobilising the Muslims against the desecration of the holy Quran at Jammu police lines. The District Magistrate, Srinagar, without making any attempt to pacify the people, ordered the police to open fire, in which 21 innocent Kashmiris got killed and more than 300 were arrested along with their leaders and were put behind the bars.
“While remembering the sacrifices of the people, who were martyred in 1931, the Bar Association expects that the people of Kashmir will carry forward their mission till they achieve their goal, for which they have sacrificed a lot in terms of men and material, for the last 70 years,’ it said.
TeH chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement said, “This day is one of the greatest chapters in the annals of the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The martyrs had risen against a system that sustained itself on exploitation and denial of political and democratic rights. The people of Kashmir will and always recognises their great sacrifice and pays glorious tributes to them not only through occasional ceremonial events but through their blood and skin.”
He stated that the sacrifices offered on July 13 were aimed at fighting autocracy and inspired people to strive for the establishment of a truly democratic setup in the state.
“Kashmiri people, irrespective of their age or gender, have offered priceless sacrifices for their just political demand and the whole Kashmiri nation is collectively duty bound the safeguard such sacrifices,” he added.
JKLF acting chairman Abdul Hamid Butt as quoted by the statement having said: “July 13, 1931 is a historic day of our resistance history. It was on this day when Kashmiris with unity and steadfastness started their struggle for independence from occupation, monarchy, dictatorship, autocracy and all kinds of suppressions. Ongoing freedom struggle is actually a continuation of the struggle started in 1931.”
“History is a witness that oppressive acts always fail to suppress a people’s revolution, and according to the law of retribution every tyrant and oppressor has to face divine law and answer for its crimes against humanity,” he said.
The DFP spokesperson in a statement said: “All the martyrs from 1931 to 2019 have laid down their lives for a noble cause. From July 13, 1931, the people of Kashmir are continuously sacrificing for a great cause.”
He praised DFP incarcerated chief, Shabir Shah and all other political prisoners lodged in different jails for exhibiting steadfastness and scripting a new history of resistance.