Kashmiris living around the world and on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe Black Day Today (October 27) to mark the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India on 27th October, 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.
The Black Day is marked every year to express support and solidarity with Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination and remind the United Nations and the international community of its commitments regarding the resolution of this longstanding dispute.
On August 5 last year, India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by revoking Article 370 in the constitution and imposed curfew there. Since then, the held territory has been under complete blockade and communications blackout. The oppressed people of occupied Kashmir have been facing acute food and medicines shortage; they are unable even to offer prayers at mosques and children cannot go to school.
Pakistan has been highlighting India’s illegal annexation of Kashmir at world forum, sensitizing the international community that this unilateral action of India can jeopardize the regional peace. Prime Minister Imran Khan forcefully contested the case of Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly session regularly, urging the world to act immediately and press India to lift curfew in occupied Kashmir and provide Kashmiris the pledged right to self-determination.
The international community disapproved India’s action of August 5 and expressed serious concern over the restrictions imposed in occupied Kashmir. The UN Security Council met in closed doors and discussed Kashmir issue and the OIC Contact Group has twice held its meetings on the issue. China, Turkey and Malaysia have also expressed concern over the dire human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.
To mark Kashmiris’ Black Day today, Seminars and rallies will be taken out in different parts of the country. 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.
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