13th July, 1931— A milestone in freedom struggle of Kashmir—Farooq Rehmani
Islamabad July 13, 2013: The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani while paying rich tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs of 13 July 1931, termed the tragic event a mile stone in the Kashmirs’ history of struggle and sacrifices for freedom. He said it was unfortunate that instead of allowing the Kashmiris in 1947, to go on their way, when the UK gave independence to India on the basis of two nation theory and right of self-determination, the Kashmir was annexed by India and a regime of terror and tyranny was unleashed to strangulate the people.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said, “the ongoing freedom movement is a continuous process of the 13 July, 1931; and the people are never willing to compromise against their basic stand of freedom, as defined and described in different UNSC resolutions since 1948. The character of this movement is popular and peaceful and there are no two opinions on the principle of exercising the right through plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations. This sentiment of freedom which turned into a full-fledged flame in 1931, has made a long journey despite fearful odds , but it has withstood many tests, trials and tribulations during all the past 82 years.
The Kashmiris have never allowed any one to roll back this right for peculiar reasons or vested interests; India and Pakistan have continued to talk on Kashmir for so long and offered some trade and travel CBMs to the disputed and besieged region; but without positive results. Consequently, the people of Kashmir are between the devil and the deep blue sea; and every big fish wants to swallow them for their interests. Who is concerned about the interests and sentiments of the Kashmiris? It’s quite evident that India and Pakistan can’t resolve the problem between themselves without a serious outlook of the rights of Kashmiris and without complete regard to the sacrifices and political sentiments of the inhabitants of Kashmir. India and Pakistan should be ready to face the Kashmiris in a tripartite conference to resolve Kashmir; and Pakistan as the champion of the movement of right of self –determination should launch a result-oriented solid diplomatic campaign in the world to gain international support for it.”