Kashmir unionists hold closed door function to remember 13 July martyrs

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After not being allowed to visit the martyr’s graveyard at Naqashbandh Sahab Srinagar to pay tribute to 13 July 1931 martyrs at the graveyard, the top political parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party organized closed door functions and paid homage to the martyrs.

PDP President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took to twitter to vent her ‘anger’ saying that: “Today on the occasion of Martyr’s day, gates leading to their graveyards have been locked up. Attempts to distort & rewrite Kashmir’s history is being done only to create a sense of defeat & helplessness amongst Kashmiris.”

She further wrote: “Nevertheless as we pay homage to the heroes of 13th July, 1931 our resolve to strive for restoration of J&Ks dignity remains firm.”

PDP senior leader and former Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura told a local news agency, Kashmir News Trust (KNT) that they were left with no option but to organize a function at their party headquarters to pay respect to 13 July martyrs. “These martyrs laid down their lives just to drag us from darkness to light. Why it has now become a crime to pay respect to these martyrs. We will always commemorate this day, come what may,” he said.

Several PDP leaders including Mufti, Hanjura, Nayeem Akhtar and others participated in the function to pay tribute to 13 July martyrs.

National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah also presided a function at party headquarters Nawa-i-Subha to pay glorious tribute to 13 July martyrs. The function was attended by top National Conference leaders including Ali Muhammad Sagar, Nasir Aslam Wani and Dr Mustafa Kamal.

Meanwhile, all roads leading to martyrs’ graveyard were blocked and no body was allowed to enter into the graveyard. (KNT)

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