ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: On the occasion of Yaum-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir, the government and people of Pakistan pay homage to the 22 sons of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), who laid down their lives fighting the brutal Dogra forces in Srinagar in 1931.
The martyrs lost their lives during protest against sham trial of a Kashmiri leader on trumped up charges. The courage of these martyrs galvanized an unparalleled struggle for self-determination in 1931 that continues till date.
Yaum-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir is observed in Pakistan and on both sides of the Line of Control as well as by Kashmiri and Pakistani diasporas across the globe each year to commemorate the valour and sacrifices of the Kashmiris.
Over 390 Kashmiris have been martyred by the Indian Occupation Forces in IIOJK since August 5, 2019. During this year (2021) alone, the Indian Occupation Forces have extra-judicially killed 85 innocent Kashmiris including young boys and women; arbitrarily arrested and detained 537 Kashmiris; and destroyed 31 houses of Kashmiri people.
In a statement, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that the unabated Indian repression over the past seven decades, has failed to break the will of the Kashmiri people.
The Spokesperson said that as we commemorate the sacrifices of innocent Kashmiris today, we once again call upon the international community, particularly the United Nations and human rights organizations, to investigate the persistent extra-judicial killings of Kashmiris by Indian Occupation Forces and bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.
“Pakistan will continue to support its Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle against Indian oppression till the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” Chaudhri said.