“Our Freedom Struggle Started Even Before India Was Born”- Ummat e Islami Pays Tributes at Martyrs Graveyard in Islamabad

July 13

The Jammu Kashmir Ummat e Islami on Saturday organized a Fateh Khawani ceremony at Martyrs graveyard of Islamabad (anantnag) township in South Kashmir.

Dozens of people led by Ummat e Islami leaders also laid floral tributes to the 1931 Martyrs and others who have laid down their lives for the “people of Kashmir,” Ummat e Islami said in a press release.

On this occasion Ummat e Islami leader, Riyaz Ahmed Qadri while addressing the people said that on Qazi Qamar u Din, the grandfather of Dr. Qazi Nisar had led a famous agitation in the township and other parts of South Kashmir from 1924 to 1931. He said the a protest led by Qazi Qamar u Din, the then Mirwaiz of South Kashmir, from Jamia Masjid Islamabad on 23 September 1931 was fired upon by the Dogra Forces near Lal Chowk, killing at least 20 people.

He said that the cousin of Qazi Qamar u Din who was his close ally was arrested by Dogra Forces and subjected to forced labour for three years.

“Fighting is in our genesis and we will not give up the fight, may be there is a temporary rest, but India must give up the idea that they have won any hearts here or suppressed the people of Kashmir,” he said.

Riyaz said that the freedom struggle of Kashmir is older than the creation of India. “We have been sacrificing our blood against autocracy and oppression from ages, 1931 was not the first time, but it was a mass agitation for the first time,” he said.

He later prayed for the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the Freedom struggle.

On this occasion Ummat e Islami demanded the release of political prisoners including Ummat e Islami members, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, Aijaz Ahmed Noori, Khursheed Ahmed, Mohammed Ashraf and other political prisoners including Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Masarat Alam, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Qasim Faktoo, Mushtaq Veeri, Peerzada Mohammed Ashraf, Noor Kalwal, Nayeem Khan, Aasiya Andrabi, Altaf Ahmed Shah and others.