Black day was observed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday to protest against the forced landing of Indian troops in Srinagar on October 27, 1947.
They renewed the pledge to continue struggle for the achievement of Kashmiris’ legitimate right to self-determination and liberation of occupied Jammu Kashmir from the Indian subjugation.
A major protest rally, followed by a big procession and protest demonstration, was taken out by a large number of people belonging to all spheres of life at district courts premises. The rally was held under the auspices of District National Events Organising Committee in coordination with various segments of the civil society including social and political organisations.
The protesters were wearing black ribbons and carrying black banners bearing anti-India and pro-freedom slogans as a mark of severe indignation and protest against the continued Indian subjugation over major part of Jammu Kashmir state since over last 66 years at the might of her over 800,000 military and para military troops. Black banners bearing were also displayed in the city streets and chowks to mark the black day.
The rally was attended by social and political workers and the representatives of various organisations representing all classes of the civil society. Addressing the rally at the lawn of Municipal Corporation, speakers highlighted the importance of early settlement of the Kashmir problem. They registered protest against the continued forcible and illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir.
They included the chairman of National Events Organising Committee, Guftar Hussain, City Administrator Ghulam Rasool Awami and renowned analyst and writer KD Chaudhry. They reiterated Jammu & Kashmir people’s legitimate demand for the early grant of their right to self-determination without further delay.
They fully supported Kashmir policy of Pakistan and the bold and courageous stance on Kashmir issue. They urged India to give an immediate matching response to Pakistan’s sincere role and efforts for early resolution of Kashmir issue in line with the aspirations of the Jammu & Kashmir people and in line with the resolutions of the UN.
They also called upon the United Nations to move for getting Kashmir issue resolved in line with legitimate resolutions passed by its Security Council 66 years ago. They also called upon the world community to take immediate notice of the continued Indian reign of terror and violence unleashed against the innocent Kashmiris with ulterior motives to suppress their voice of freedom.
The speakers elaborated the objectives of observance of the black day by Kashmiris across the world. The rally unanimously passed various resolutions against the prolonged Indian occupation on Kashmir to apprise the world of the immoral and unlawful act of India in the region.
Through these resolutions, the rally urged the world community and the international organisations to take immediate notice of the continued ugly state of affairs in occupied Jammu Kashmir following the frequent massive human rights abuses by the Indian occupying forces. Through another resolution, the rally urged the world community to perform its due obligations to get the right of self-determination granted to the Kashmiris,. Talking to this correspondent, PML-N AJK Secretary General Shah Ghulam Qadir said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir never accepted the illegal occupation of their motherland by India nor will they accept the same at any cost in the future.
Qadir, who is also the former speaker of AJK Legislative Assembly, said that by observing October 27 as black day, the people of Jammu & Kashmir showed the international community their complete dissociation and hatred against the Indian occupation.
Shah Ghulam Qadir recalled that on the day 66 years ago, India occupied the state of Jammu & Kashmir by forcibly landing her troops at Srinagar airport against the aspirations of the people of the state thereby violating all the international norms and commitments. Since then, Indian troops have turned the paradise on the earth into a hell by unleashing the bloodshed of over five hundred thousand innocent people of the state, he pointed out.
He said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir made massive sacrifices for a sacred cause and will continue the same spirit with high moral till their freedom struggle reached s its logical end. He vehemently condemned the massive human rights abuses by the Indian occupying forces in held Kashmir. He called upon India to show realistic approach towards the early peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict to ensure emergence of everlasting and durable peace in South Asia.
“It is a long cherished demand of the Kashmiris that they should be granted their right to decide about their future under the spirit of the internationally-acknowledged U.N resolutions,” he said.
Reposing full trust and confidence in the Kashmir policy of the PML-N, Shah Ghulam Qadir said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s just and principled stance on Kashmir issue during his recent visit to the United States and address to the UN General Assembly in bold and courageous manner seeking early peaceful solution of the Kashmir problem. “People of Jammu & Kashmir are highly thankful to the people and the government of Pakistan for the continuation of their unequivocal moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris struggle for the right to self determination,” said the ex speaker of the AJK Legislative Assembly.
The Kashmiri leader urged the world community to take immediate notice of the continued hostile attitude of India trying to escape from the peaceful solution to the dispute. He strongly condemned the continued human rights abuses at the hands of the Indian occupation forces in occupied Jammu Kashmir and urged the international community besides the United Nations to perform their due responsibilities to get the Indian state terrorism and violence stopped in the disputed held Himalayan state. He particularly highlight the reality with the earnest demand about early grant of the birth right of self determination to Kashmiris without further delay.