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July 13 a milestone in Kashmir history: Rehmani‎

13 July Martyrs Day Conference in muzaffarabad-Muhammad Farooq Rehmani Chairman Jammu Kashmir People's Freedom League, Kh. Farooq Ahmad central leader Pakistan People's Party AJK speaking on the occasion Muzaffarabad, 13 July, 2011: A large public gathering to pay tribute to the Kashmiri martyrs of 13th July 1931 was held here under the auspices of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League resolving to take the ongoing freedom struggle to its logical end and thus translating the dream of the martyrs of 1931 into reality.

The conference commemorated the great sacrifice of the July martyrs was chaired by the Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League Muhammad Farooq Rehmani who in his address termed the episode mile stone in the political history of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the martyrdom of 22 Kashmiri youth by the bullets of the then autocratic Dogra police in front of the Central jail Srinagar paved way for the popular political struggle of the Kashmiris bringing to forefront the plight of the people across the sub-continent and mainland Britain.

Describing another phase of the struggle from 1947, he said unfortunately the sacrifices of the people were dishonored when the Indian army of the newly independent country invaded Jammu and Kashmir and annexed it against all international norms and expectations. However, India assured the United Nations to hold plebiscite to allow the inhabitants to determine their political destiny without fear and favor. He recalled how the World Body made it obligatory on India and Pakistan to act upon the UNCIP resolutions to resolve the dispute of Kashmir and how India first agreed and latter flouted its international pledges, began a dreadful period of occupation and repression in Kashmir.

The people he said continued their sacrifices against illegal and forcible Indian rule even after India massed its armed forces across the state raising the military strength to 7 hundred thousand with the latest training, equipment and armory. Illustrating the ongoing political struggle of the Kashmiris for the right of self-determination from 1990, he eulogized the sacrifices of the people who lost their one hundred thousand near and dear ones as martyrs during the last two tumultuous decades. He also paid tribute to the martyrs of 2008, 2009, and 2010 peaceful uprisings against the forcible occupation of the State by India. He condemned Indian establishment for their state terrorism and draconian laws and urged the world Body to fulfill its responsibilities by initiating measures to grant the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris who alone were masters of their fate. He said the nonpolitical CBMs between Pakistan and India were meaningless without fundamental human rights and civil liberties in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the dialogue of secrecy and secret diplomacy would bear no fruit if it remains devoid of transparency and doesn’t address the core demand of the people for freedom. He said the Kashmiris stood for the right of self-determination and not so called self-rule within the Indian constitution and military presence in the region. He demanded repeal of black laws and release of detainees from prisons to create conducive environment for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

The conference among others was addressed by Kh. Frooq Ahmad leader of the Pakistan People’s Party Azad Kashmir. He said that his party fully stood for the freedom of Jammu and Kashmir assuring that the new Government would remain committed to the ideology of freedom under the UN resolutions and support just demands of the Muhajireen of Jammu and Kashmir.

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