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SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed on the Martyrs Day, to reaffirm the pledge that the people of Kashmir will continue their struggle until they achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.
Call for the shutdown and marches towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and other liberation leaders and organisations.
It was on July 13 in 1931 when the Dogra troops shot dead 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar. They had gathered in the jail premises to attend the court proceedings against one, Abdul Qadeer, who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule.
Pro-freedom leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javed Ahmad Mir, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi, Asiya Andrabi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani and Mian Abdul Qayyum in their separate statements paid rich tributes to the martyrs.
Complete strike was observed in Maisuma area of Srinagar for the second day, today, to protest against the arrest of innocent Kashmiri youth by Indian police.
A spokesman for APHC in a statement has condemned the house arrest of Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Bilal Ghani Lone, Zafar Akbar Butt and other Hurriyet leaders and activists.
A fast moving Indian army vehicle hit and killed two civilians including a minor girl at Ahan in Ganderbal district. The incident triggered massive anti-India protests in the area.
Puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressing party workers at Hazratbal in Srinagar conceded that Kashmir was not an internal problem of India but a political dispute to be resolved between Pakistan and India through talks.
In Brussels, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo addressing a seminar hosted jointly by the Kashmir Centre EU and Members of the European Parliament Ivo Vajgl, Sarah Ludford and Phil Bennion in the European Parliament deplored that India had failed to revoke black laws, curb violence against women, investigate mass graves and ratify the Convention Against Torture and the Convention for the Protection of All Person from Disappearance.