Chief Minister visits Martyrs Graveyard

Mainstream Politicians Pay Floral Tributes


Srinagar, July 13: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday visited Martyrs Graveyard in old Srinagar and offered ‘fateha’ to the martyrs of July 31, 1931.
Omar visited the Martyrs Graveyard at Khawja Bazar here at 7.30 am and put wreaths on the graves of the martyrs and offered ‘fateha’. According to an official spokesman, Omar said the sacrifice of martyrs to “free the society from autocracy and lay edifice for democracy and human dignity is one of the richest chapters of the history of J&K.” “The best way to pay homage to the martyrs is to help create equitable and palatable environment for everyone to grow and develop in a democratic atmosphere,” Omar said.
Talking to media persons after wreath-laying ceremony, senior NC leader and Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar said July 13 is of great historic importance for Kashmir. “The martyrs of July 13 laid their lives for honour and dignity of people of Kashmir,” he said. “The autocratic rulers had inflicted endless atrocities on Kashmiri. The July 13 martyrs spilled their blood to ensure end of the autocratic rule.”
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Speaker Legislative Assembly Mubarak Gul and senior ministers including Abdur Rahim Rather, Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Chowdhary Muhammad Ramzan, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Advisor to the Chief Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon, Ministers of State, Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, various legislators, Director General Police Ashok Prasad and various senior officers.
Mubarak Gul paid rich tributes to the Martyrs of 13th July, 1931.
Gul said the martyrs laid their lives against the atrocities of autocratic rule to pave way for secular and democratic set-up. “They offered supreme sacrifice to uphold the values of natural justice, pluralistic ethos, amity and brotherhood,” he said.
Meanwhile, NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah and party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani thanked NC workers for reaching martyrs graveyard early in the morning.
State Congress chief Prof Saifudin Soz regretted for not being able to attend the wreath-laying ceremony at the Martyrs Graveyard. “I had to go to Jammu for some important work. I had directed senior vice president of the party Muzaffar Parray to pay tribute to July 13 martyrs,” he said.
A Congress delegation led by Parray reached Martyrs Graveyard at 8:30 am. The Congress leaders who offered ‘fateha’ include Bashir Ahmed Magray, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Abdul Gani Khan, Muhammad Sultan Mandoo, Nissar Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Ramzan Dar.
President Democratic Party of Nationalist (JKDPN) Ghulam Hassan Mir, who is also the Agriculture minister, along with other party leaders visited martyrs graveyard at Hazrat Khwaja Naqashband Sahib (RA) shrine here to pay tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931. Mir laid wreaths over the graves and offered ‘fateha’ prayers.
Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) district President Srinagar Zeeshan Pandith condemned the arrest of its Party President Er Abdur Rashid while he was leading a peaceful protest from Rajbagh towards the Martyrs graveyard.
In a statement issued here, he took a dig at the state government for “not allowing the relatives of the martyrs and common Kashmiri people to pay tributes.” “It is a shame that NC, PDP and Congress who pay tributes to these martyrs under the security of the gun act as the real owners of these martyrs.  They claim themselves to be the proponents of democracy but their policies and actions clearly reveal that they have failed to protect the lives of young innocent Kashmiris,” he said.
The AIP district president said the state administration has turned JK into a police state. “Chief Minister had recently said that people have the right to protest but it seems that his statement was relevant for that particular gathering which he was addressing,” he said.
General Secretary AIP Advocate Nazir Ahmad Malik and spokesperson Showkat Ahmad Nadvi were arrested while they were leading a peaceful protest from Rajbagh towards Martyrs graveyard.
CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen also visited martyrs graveyard separately along their workers. They paid floral tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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