On the eve of Martyrs Day, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik called for collective efforts from all sections of society to secure rapid growth and development of the State on all fronts.
In his message on the occasion, "Governor observed thatJammu and Kashmir has always been known for its glorious pluralistic ethos andharmony and emphasised the crucial importance of maintaining unity andbrotherhood for ushering the State towards peace and prosperity," an officialspokesman said.
Barring the Bharatiya Janata Party, the entire spectrum ofpolitical ideologies in Jammu and Kashmir observes July 13 as Martyrs Dayacross the State.
On this day in 1931, 22 Kashmiris were killed in firing bythe forces of the then Dogra ruler Hari Singh outside the central jail inSrinagar. The day, observed as a government holiday in J&K, marked aturning point in the long Kashmiri struggle against the Dogra autocratic ruleremembered for tyranny and discrimination.
The 22 martyrs were laid to rest in the premises of therevered shrine of Hazrat Khawja Naqshband Sahab shrine (RA) at Khajwabazar indowntown. The graveyard is popularly known as Martyrs Graveyard. Except BJP,rest of the political groups in the state including the National Conference,the Peoples Democratic Party and the Congress observe the day as Martyrs Dayand pay floral tributes at the graveyard.