Kashmir Martyrs Day – 13 July is milestone in our struggle for Freedom – Farooq Rehmani
13 July is milestone in our struggle for Freedom–Muhammad Farooq Rehmani
Islamabad: 12 July,2012: The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs of 13 July,1931,who were shoot dead indiscriminately by the police of then Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, in front of the Central Jail Srinagar for demanding a fair and an open judicial enquiry into the historical Abdul Qadeer case, and restoration of suppressed political, economic, and religious rights of the peoples of the state. He said martyrdom of 21 Kashmiris on that fateful day had jolted British India, and Punjab rushed peaceful protesters to the State via Sialkot only to be stopped by the despotic regime on the borders of Jammu. Dr.Iqbal the poet- philosopher of East eulogized brave Kashmiris in his timely poetry and supported organizing pro-Kashmir movement in Lahore.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said political struggle of Kashmir beginning 1931, faced a different scenario when in 1947,Pakistan was carved out of India as an independent democratic state, while then princely states were asked to decide by their free will in favour of one or the other dominion. But the principle of partition and the right of self-determination of Jammu and Kashmir was trampled down under India’s military aggression on Kashmir; resulting in occupation, genocide and migration of the people throughout, by India, especially in Jammu.
He said, “the people of Jammu and Kashmir have rendered unprecedented sacrifices since long for their birth right– the right of self-determination, and a new phase of struggle beginning 1990 has upped the spirit of martyrdom. But, neither India upheld its pledge of referendum in Kashmir, nor UN enforced its resolutions on plebiscite, till India deprived the Kashmiris of all their basic human rights and civil liberties. Today, Kashmir is a worst place to live in as per the human rights of the inhabitants are concerned.”
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani urged the people to rekindle and radiate the fervor and spirit of 1930s across the State of Jammu and Kashmir, and give new political direction to their cause through retrospective political wisdom. He said political leadership of the past 20 years should be selfless and honest to grasp why and how Kashmir suffered setback despite great sacrifices on different fronts. Why the enthusiastic support which it received in early 1990s receded and faded away, and accusations of hypocrisy and corruption became common in social, religious and political activities?
He said, “Today, after 81 years of freedom struggle we stand nowhere as a nation. Empty rhetoric can’t salvage our jolting ship in storm. We should rejuvenate the rank and file by a right direction and strategy, not rely upon utopian slogans, but devise practical measures to translate our dream into a reality and urge the world to support us in regaining our lost historical identity.”