SRINAGAR: While remembering the 24 Kashmiri Shawl traders who were martyred 150 years ago while protesting against the oppressive rulers, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani said that the Kashmiri nation is facing the worst kind of oppression since last many centuries but this nation had never given up and nor had they lose their hope regarding their better future.
He said that whoever had forcibly enslaved the Kashmiris whether it is foreign ruler or the local dictator, the people of this land had never compromised over the tyrannical rule nor had they ever accepted the collective defeat.
In a statement issued to KNS, Syed Ali Geelani said that Kashmiri nation is perhaps the only nation in the world who had been bought and sold like cattle and it is perhaps the only case where a single individual had sold lakhs of human beings along with their families and property without knowing their will.
The 100 years of the tyrannical Dogra rule had unleashed tremendous atrocities upon the Kashmiri innocent people and the ruler community had always sucked their blood in the name of duties and taxes.
To protest against these economic abuses, the Kashmiri Shawl artisans came on roads on 29 April 1865 but the government forces used such a brutal force against them that 24 innocent citizens died by drowning in the canal.
Syed Ali Geelani paid glowing tributes to those unknown pro-freedom people who were martyred some 151 years ago and said that the great nations never forget their heroes who had fought the tyrannical rulers with courage and dedication and had laid their lives for the national cause. These persons always live in the hearts and the minds of the people and become a source of inspiration for the coming generations.
Hurriyat (G) Chairman said that some thoughtless and shortsighted people for the time being criticize these national heroes but with the time everyone realizes their value and importance and everybody accept them as their heroes and respect them by heart. (KNS)
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