On 13 July 1931, 23 people were killed by the Dogra forces outside the Srinagar Central Jail. The incident was triggered by the arrest of a Pathan named Qadar, who had made an inflammatory speech at a protest rally the previous day.
The protesters were demanding that Qadar’s trial be held in an open court. When the main gate of the jail was opened for the session judge’s car, some people tried to enter the jail with the car. Others tried to climb over the gate after it was closed. The Dogra forces opened fire and 23 people were killed.
This incident is commemorated in Pakistan as Martyrs’ Day. It is a day to remember the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir who fought for their freedom from the Dogra rule.
The author of the article, Chaudhry Siddique, criticizes the way the incident has been portrayed by some Pakistani politicians and religious leaders. He argues that the story of the 23 martyrs has been exaggerated to serve political interests. He points out that it is not possible that 23 people could have been shot while offering prayers, as some people have claimed.
Chaudhry Siddique’s article is a reminder that history should be told accurately and objectively. We should not allow our political or religious beliefs to cloud our judgment of the past. We should remember the martyrs of Kashmir for their courage and sacrifice, and we should work for a day when all people in Kashmir can live in peace and freedom.
The Importance of Remembering History
History is important because it tells us about the past. It helps us to understand how we got to where we are today, and it can help us to make better decisions in the future.
When we remember history accurately, we can learn from our mistakes. We can also avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
However, when history is distorted or exaggerated, it can lead to conflict and division. It can also make it difficult to understand the present and to plan for the future.
The Case of the Martyrs of Kashmir
The incident has been used by some people to promote political and religious agendas. However, Chaudhry Siddique’s article reminds us that we should not allow our beliefs to cloud our judgment of the past.
We should remember the Martyrs of Kashmir for their courage and sacrifice. We should also work for a day when all people in Kashmir can live in peace and freedom.
History is important, and it is important to remember it accurately. When we remember history accurately, we can learn from our mistakes and avoid repeating them. We can also build a better future for ourselves and for our children.