Kashmiri Americans observe Martyrs Day
July 13 is being marked as Kashmir Martyrs Day to pay homage to Kashmiris who lost their lives in the revolt against the Dogra dynasty in 1931.
The World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF), making earnest appeal to humanity in general and the world powers in particular, to pay heed to the long-standing aspirations of the Kashmiris as they observe 89th anniversary of the Martyrs Day on Monday in the US.
Kashmiris, throughout the world, observe the solemn day to reaffirm their resolve to continue their struggle for self-determination, and to pay homage to over 100,000 innocent men, women and children of Kashmir.
The WKAF believes that their suffering has not ended despite the end of the despotic Dogra dynasty rule.
It added: “The fate of Kashmiris changed for the worse, as it has been replaced by tyrannies of successive Indian regimes with various garbs of democracy. July 13 every year reminds millions of Kashmiris how the Maharaja Hari Singh’s troops took aim at each caller that stood up to call for Friday prayer service.
“And by the time they were done, 22 innocent Kashmiri Muslims fell to the bullets, one after the other in cold blood, in front of Srinagar Central Jail. Since that ominous day, Kashmiris have been holding peaceful protests, seminars and conferences throughout the world until now.
“But, the tyranny in Kashmir under the Hindutva nationalists has reached a new and unprecedented level of inhumanity. Kashmir has been under lockdown and communication blackout for 11 months and now it has been extended to into August. No one is allowed to venture out to commemorate the event and pay tribute to the heroes of Kashmir history.”
It continued: “Current Indian regime abrogated the nominal autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019. It has unleashed a reign of terror unprecedent even under the barbaric Indian rule of last 72 years. Under the post-annexation regime India is implemented a settler-colonialist apartheid project in Kashmir with a drastic demographic transformation to make Kashmiris a minority in their own