LAHORE   -  The lawyers’ community has demanded that the United Nations (UN) implement its resolutions on the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) as the Indian forces are committing severe human rights violations and atrocities in the valley.

Talking to media here on Tuesday, former Lahore Bar Association (LBA) president Sajid Bashir Sheikh said the Pakistani nation, along with their Kashmiri brethren, will observe Wednesday as black day, on October 27, to convey to the international community that they completely reject India’s illegal occupation of Kashmir.

He said on this day in 1947, Indian troops invaded Jammu and Kashmir against the will and aspirations of Kashmiris and violated the partition plan of the subcontinent. He said observing the day is aimed at highlighting the 74 years of struggle of Kashmiris in their quest for the right to self-determination.

He said the people of Kashmir have rendered innumerable sacrifices in their struggle for self-determination and are committed to getting their freedom. Sajid Bashir Sheikh said the people of Kashmir have accelerated their legitimate struggle in the wake of continued siege, prolonged curfews, arrests and detentions of their leaders in occupied Kashmir.

He said till today, India is trying to suppress the Kashmiris’ freedom movement by all means. “Unfortunately, despite bringing into the notice of the world the crucial issue and reminding the world community of Indian barbarism in the held valley, no relief has been provided to the suppressed Kashmiris so far,” he added.

He said India’s August 5 move to abrogate article 370 and 35-A of its Constitution is solely aimed at changing the demographic status of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by making the indigenous Muslim population a minority in their homeland. He said over eight million Muslims in IIOJK have been under an inhuman curfew which has turned the entire valley into the biggest open prison of the world.