Srinagar/ Muzaffarabad (Agencies): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and rest of the world are observing Black Day today (Saturday) to mark the illegal occupation of the valley by Indian forces.
On October 27, 1947, India had landed its armed military troops in Srinagar absolutely against the wishes of the people of the Jammu & Kashmir state. The Indian troops invaded Kashmir and occupied the region, a violation of the Partition Plan of the subcontinent.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the day is being marked with a complete shutdown and rallies in world capitals. The call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by other pro-freedom organisations. The resistance leaders have termed October 27th as the darkest day in their history.
President, PM reiterate unflinching support to Kashmir cause
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in their messages on the occasion reiterated unflinching diplomatic and political support for the cause of the Kashmiri people.
President Arif Alvi's message
President Alvi said, “We pay homage to the sacrifices of our brethren in Indian occupied Kashmir and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support.”
“This support will continue till the realisation of their [Kashmiris] lawful right to self-determination,” he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's Message
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan would not relent in its moral, political and diplomatic support until the Kashmiris realize their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
In his message to the nation on Kashmir Black Day, he said the day marked a tragic day in the history of South Asia.
The prime minister called for immediate implementation of the recommendation to set up a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights abuses by Indian occupation forces.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur's Message
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur has said that Pakistan strongly condemns brutal violence by the Indian forces on innocent Kashmiri people and will continue to raise voice of the people of Kashmir at every forum.
In his message regarding "Kashmir Black Day", he said we salute to the defenseless Kashmiri people who are fully determined in their struggle for right to self-determination with high morale.