In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders including incarcerated Shabbir Ahmad Shah paying rich tributes to the martyrs of Jammu massacre on the eve of their martyrdom anniversary have said that the Kashmiri people will accomplish the mission of their martyrs at all costs.
The forces of Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh, Indian Army and Hindu fanatics had martyred hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris in different parts of Jammu region when they were migrating to Pakistan during the first week of November in 1947. The Kashmiris across the world observe November 06 as Jammu Martyrs’ Day to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of these martyrs.
Illegally detained senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in a message from New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail said that the massacre of Muslims in Jammu in 1947 was the most horrible incident of Kashmir’s history that continues to haunt the Kashmiris despite the passage of seventy-five years. He said that the Hindu chauvinists aided and abetted by forces of Dogra Maharaja and Indian Army wiped out the entire Muslim population of Jammu region with a mala-fide intention to alter demography of the occupied territory. He termed the carnage as the worst example of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Shabbir Shah pointed out that the repeal of special status of IIOJK by Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government on August 05, 2019 was part of its sinister design to convert Muslim majority of the territory into a minority. He urged the international community to take cognizance of unabated killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian troops in IIOJK.
APHC leaders, Chaudhry Shaheen Iqbal, Ghulam Nabi War, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed and Muhammad Aqib in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris will always remember the great sacrifice of the Jammu martyrs. They said the Jammu massacre was the 1st organized genocide of Kashmiri Muslims by the Indian Army, Dogra forces, and Hindu terrorists to turn the Muslim majority of Jammu into a minority.
They said the mass killing of Muslims in Jammu in 1947 is the most horrific event in the history of Kashmir and its bitter memories are still fresh in the minds of Kashmiri people even after the passage of more than seven decades.
Meanwhile, posters appear in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Pulwama and other areas of the occupied territory paid homage to the Jammu martyrs. The posters pasted on walls, pillars and electricity poles by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Alliance termed the Jammu massacre as the worst chapter of Kashmir’s history.
On the other hand, APHC-AJK leaders including Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Gulshan Ahmad and Qazi Muhammad Imran in their statements issued in Islamabad paid glowing tributes to the Jammu martyrs. They deplored that the Muslims of Jammu were ruthlessly massacred for being Muslims and many faced fearful odds when they crossed into Pakistan territory and those who left behind bore brunt of Indian onslaught in 1965 and 1971 and continue to be targeted even today. They said that since decades the number of Muslim population in Jammu was witnessing a rapid decrease after the introduction of new domicile rule, majority of Indians and ex-service men had obtained residence and citizenship in Jammu.—KMS