Separatists bury hatchet, plan joint march

Martyrs Day: July 13

Srinagar: Top separatist leaders Wednesday chose to bury the hatchet and decided to lead a joint march from the historical Jamia Masjid on July 13, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of those who were gunned by the forces of the Dogra Monarch in 1931.

Many here view the unity gesture in the stark context of a sensational disclosures in a book "Kashmir : The Vajpayee Years" written by the former R&AW Chief Amarjeet Singh Dulat.

While paying rich tributes to the martyrs of 13 July, 1931, the heads of Hurriyat factions and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Wednesday said that they will lead a joint march from Jamia Masjid to martyrs’ graveyard Khwaja Bazar where they will address a public gathering.

The leaders said that there would be no shutdown on 13 July in view of Eid and Ramadhan.

The pro-freedom leaders in separate statements said that the decision in this regard was taken today and called on people to reach Jamia Masjid on July 13 from where a pro-freedom rally would be taken out.

“The martyrs of 1931 sacrificed their precious lives for Islam and against forced occupation. In 1947, although we got rid from the autocratic Dogra rule but the shortsighted leadership of that time once again tossed us in the worst kind of slavery but this time we were into the cruel clutches of India,” a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) said in a statement.

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