October 22 A Black Day For Entire Humanity: LG

Srinagar: Terming the ‘Tribal invasion’ of October 22, 1947 as a black day for entire humanity, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that the “wound of Pakistani terror attack” is still fresh even as the neighbouring country’s “atrocities” against people of Jammu and Kashmir have been exposed to the world.

“The wound of Pakistani terror attack is still fresh. October 22 is a reminder of Pakistan’s atrocities and will always remain a black day, not just for the people of J&K but for the entire humanity,” Sinha said.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Memories of 22 October, 1947” at SKICC here on Friday in which he paid homage to the soldiers and civilians who were killed on this day by “Pakistan army disguised as Pashtun Tribals”, an official spokesperson said.

The LG, the spokesperson said, stressed on the need to reach out to the younger generation with the stories of valour and sacrifices of brave-hearts like Brig. Rajinder Singh, Maqbool Sherwani, Chief of Women’s Self Defence Corps Kanta Wazir, and other “unsung heroes”.

“Our youth must know how Brigadier Rajinder Singh, with a handful of soldiers, fought the Pakistani tribesmen, sacrificing his life to save Kashmir and Kashmiriyat. They must be educated about Baramulla's young man Maqbool Sherwani who resisted the Pakistani tribes and sacrificed his life and courage shown by groups of Kashmiri people to push back Pakistani militia,” Sinha said, as per official spokesperson.

“There is a need to remind the elderly and the younger generations about how Pakistan is killing our people and trying to divide us by disrupting communal harmony in Jammu & Kashmir,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG asked the young generation to take inspiration from the sacrifice of Param Vir Chakra Awardee Major Somnath Sharma.

“To save innocent lives in Srinagar and Budgam, despite being heavily outnumbered, he along with his soldiers fought the Pakistani invaders and made supreme sacrifice,” Sinha said.

The LG also quoted Major Somnath’s last message- “The enemy is only 50 yards from us. We are heavily outnumbered. We are under devastating fire. I shall not withdraw an inch but will fight to the last man and the last round”.

“This is the passion and love of our immortal heroes towards the motherland, protecting every inch of the land by putting their lives at stake,” the LG said, as per official spokesperson.

Sinha, he said, also stated that sometimes it becomes necessary to turn the pages of history for the betterment of the present and future.

“As our great nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Independence Day “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, we had decided to name institutions and roads after all such great personalities who have contributed to upholding the unity and integrity of Jammu and Kashmir,” the LG said.

As per the official spokesperson, the LG further said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, J&K has embarked on the journey of progress and prosperity.

“We must unite to defeat the evil designs of the enemies. There will be challenges, but we will face them firmly and come out victorious,” Sinha said.

Prominent citizens from all walks of life, and large number of youth were present on the occasion.

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