89th Kashmir Martyrs’ Day to be observed on July 13
MUZAFFARABAD (City News) – Kashmir Martyrs’ Day has been commemorated annually on July 13 to mark the incident of July 13, 1931, when 22 Kashmiris were martyred in their attempts to complete the call for prayer outside the Srinagar Central jail, by soldiers of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh.
The people rose against Dogra rule and protested against the prosecution of sympathizer of Kashmir struggle, Abdul Qadeer Khan Ghazi. It was the beginning of Kashmir freedom struggle which has different phases including political struggle as well as civilian protests Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control as well as rest of the world observe the Kashmir Martyrs Day with a pledge to continue their struggle for achievement of their birthright right to self-determination and freedom of Kashmir from the Indian yoke. After abrogation of the article 370 BJP dropped Kashmir Martyrs’ Day from its list of public holidays for 2020, while ironically October 26 was added to be observed as ‘Accession Day’ which was in fact the Day of Occupation of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir IOJ&K.