Kashmiris' struggle steeped in history of resistance, sacrifice: PM Imran

Pakistan will not compromise till Kashmiris get their right to self-determination, says PM Imran


News Desk July 13, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the occasion of Kashmir Martyrs Day, said the indomitable spirit of resistance remains alive as Kashmiri men and women continue to fight the illegal Indian occupation.

"Pakistan stands with the Kashmiris in their just struggle and will not compromise till they get their right to self-determination guaranteed by UNSC resolutions," PM Imran said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The premier further said that Kashmiris' struggle against tyranny and illegal Indian occupation was steeped in a history of resistance and sacrifice.

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"We stand with Kashmiris on Kashmir Martyrs’ Day & pay tribute to 22 Shuhada of 13 July 1931, martyred when the Dogra Maharaja's soldiers fired on peaceful protestors," the prime minister stated.

Pakistan reaffirms support to Kashmiris’ struggle: FO spokesperson

In a statement on the occasion, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said the federal government and people of Pakistan pay homage to the 22 sons of IIOJK who laid down their lives fighting the brutal Dogra forces in Srinagar in 1931.

“Pakistan reaffirms its support to the Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle against Indian oppression till the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions,” the spokesperson added in a statement.

The courage of these martyrs galvanized an unparalleled struggle for self-determination in 1931 that continues till date, he said.

“During this year alone, the Indian Occupation Forces have extra-judicially killed 85 innocent Kashmiris including young boys and women; arbitrarily arrested and detained 537 Kashmiris, and destroyed 31 houses of Kashmiri people,” the FO spokesperson elaborated.

“Over 390 Kashmiris have been martyred by the Indian Occupation Forces in IIOJK since August 5, 2019.”

Chaudhry further added that the unabated Indian repression over the past seven decades had failed to break the will of the Kashmiri people. “We once again call upon the international community, particularly the United Nations and human rights organizations, to investigate the persistent extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris by Indian Occupation Forces and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.”

Kashmiris observing Kashmir Martyrs Day

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and around the world are observing Kashmir Martyrs Day today to pay homage to the martyrs of July 13, 1931.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference appealed to the Kashmiri people to mark the day by a complete shutdown in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

On 13th July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against one Abdul Qadeer who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra Rule. Thus, 22 youth sacrificed their lives till the completion of Azaan.

A march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar would also be held today where the martyrs of July 13 were buried.

In a statement in Srinagar, the APHC spokesperson said that the objective of the shutdown and the march is to convey to the world that the Kashmiris will never accept Indian subjugation.

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