Kashmiris observe Black Day

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Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Black Day, today, the 27th October, to convey to the world that they reject India’s illegal occupation of their homeland and will continue their struggle to achieve their inalienable right to self-determination. The day was marked with a shutdown in occupied Kashmir and rallies in world capitals.

Call for the shutdown was given by the APHC, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and supported by other pro-freedom organizations.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in Srinagar and other areas of the valley.

The occupation authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the territory to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations.

On the other hand, the authorities continued to place Hurriyat leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrested while APHC Chairman Masarrat Aalam Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Dr Fayaz Hameed, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo and thousands of other Hurriyat leaders, activists, students and youth in different jails of India and in IIOJK.

It was on this day in 1947 when Indian troops had invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total disregard to the partition plan of the Subcontinent and against the aspirations of the Kashmiris.

The United Nations Security Council passed several resolutions mandating a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to determine the future of the territory.

However, the World Body is yet to implement these resolutions, despite the passing of more than six decades.

The Hurriyat leaders in their statements said that Kashmiris on this day send a loud and clear message to India and world community that they reject illegal occupation of India of their homeland, adding that the unresolved Kashmir dispute had increased the suffering of the Kashmiris.—KMS

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