Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Black Day today to convey to the world that they reject India’s illegal occupation of their homeland on this day in 1947.
It was on this day when Indian troops invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in blatant violation of Partition Plan of the Subcontinent and against the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
According to Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal, the 72 years struggle of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination will be highlighted on this day.
He said the world will be apprised once again of the enormity of the situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir.
The spokesperson said international community will be demanded to fulfill its promises regarding granting right of self-determination to Kashmiris.
Several programmes, including rallies and seminars, have been planned throughout the country to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir.
Instructions have also been given to Pakistani missions abroad to organize events and engage with Pakistani Diaspora, local parliamentarians, think-tanks and other relevant people to highlight significance of the day.
Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television have arranged special programmes to mark the day.
News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan will also broadcast special programs in connection with the day to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people.
In Azad Kashmir, rallies, demonstrations and protest gatherings will be held in all small and big cities of the state under the auspices of Kashmir Liberation Cell, Huriayat and religious organizations.
On the directives of AJK Prime Minister, events to observe Black Day will be arranged by districts and tehsil administrations.
Main function of the Black Day will be held in the state capital Muzaffarabad. Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan will preside over the function. A rally will also be taken out at the end of programme.
All the three radio stations of AJK will broadcast special programmes in connection with Black Day.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur in his message on the eve of Black Day has asked international community to take early action against Indian unilateral and illegal step of August 5, as Kashmiris are facing curfew for the last 84 days.
In an exclusive message recorded for News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan on Black Day, President All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan said India should respect the UNSC resolutions pertaining to the status of Kashmir.
Rejecting the enforced annexation of occupied Kashmir with India, he said it is Kashmiris’ territory and they would decide their political future.
Meanwhile, in Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed today to mark the black day, though a complete shutdown already exists in the occupied territory for the last 83 days.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Gilani in a statement has asked the people of occupied Kashmir to march towards Lal Chowk of Srinagar, today and hold a sit-in protest to show the world that resistance of Kashmiri people does not need the means of telecommunications for their survival.