YFK stands along with the people of IIOJK in their continued struggle for freedom
*Islamabad*: 13th July is a remarkable day in the history of IIOJK’s struggle for freedom, also known as Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir. It signifies the political awakening of the then Kashmiris. Ninety-three years back on this day, a vast crowd gathered for the court proceedings of Abdul Qadeer, a man who denied the undesirable, tormenting rule of Hari Singh. They assembled to show solidarity against Dogra. The time for Zohar’s prayer began; a man stood up and started the call for prayer but was shot down by the treacherous guards of Dogra. Another man stood up and continued with the call (Azaan) but met the same end. Nevertheless, it could not lessen the courage of the crowd. Another man stood up and continued from where the former left.
Twenty-two men were martyred merely for their religious obligations. Such was the level of cruelty and insanity. It is not the only incident; the history of IIOJK Kashmiris is filled with meritorious sacrifices. They have been grinding under tyrannous, unwanted, and undemocratic rulers for almost a century. The people of this heavenly place, Kashmiris, live a hellish life. However, they are far more courageous than the cruelty of their savage rulers.
On this remarkable day, the YFK-International Kashmir Lobby group stands with the Kashmiris’ of IIOJK and salutes their longstanding struggle for the righteous cause, i.e., freedom from undemocratic rulers. We encourage the international community to help them achieve their long-desired freedom. Do not let their sacrifices land in vain. Even though they are willing to fight with every single drop of blood that runs through their veins, they are as human as anyone else. For those living in peace, it is a responsibility to stand with them.