On Saturday , the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day (Youme Shudaha-e-Kashmir) will be celebrated in honour of all Kashmiri martyrs who gave their lives in the struggle for their rightful right to self-determination from the unlawful Indian occupation.
The Kashmiris will honour 22 Kashmiris who died in 1931 for liberating Kashmir from the brutality of tyrannical Dogra rulers by celebrating Kashmir Martyrs’ Day not just on both sides of the Line of Control but also around the globe.
The genuine Kashmiri heroes will be remembered as Kashmiri martyrs like Elahi Bukhshi, Afzal Guru, Burhan Wani, Maqbool Bhatt, Syed Ali Gillani, Ashraf Khan, Zakir Musa, Riaz Naiko, Ahsan Dar, Ashraf Dar, and Maqbool Allai.
The sad day marks a turning point in Kashmiris’ battle against foreign occupation, a struggle that is still ongoing today under Indian unlawful control. The cruel treatment of Kashmiri Muslims by Dogra soldiers during the period of Dogra control (1846–1947) in Kashmir is well documented.
For Kashmiris, Youme Shuhada-e-Kashmir is the perfect day to look for motivation to bring their liberation fight through to its logical conclusion. Pakistanis support the oppressed in this difficult time and share the sorrow of Kashmir’s independence fighters.
Pakistan commemorates Youme Shudaha-e-Kashmir as well and opposes the repressive Indian occupation practises that continue to be used against the helpless Kashmiris. The day also serves as a warning to Indians: if the people of Kashmir did not submit to the oppression of Dogra rule, how would they submit to the unlawful Indian authority?
“India would have to defend itself in front of the international court for the crimes against humanity it perpetrated in Kashmir. The Kashmiri leadership asked at the time that India return the remains of Shaheed Kashmiri leaders who it had buried in prisons.
They also said that in order to stop the crimes being done under the guise of democracy, the international world must act.