Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir and across the borders are observing Indian Republic Day as Black day today (Jan 26). A day earlier, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has asked the people of the territory to observe Indian Republic Day, the 26th January, as Black Day.
Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement in Srinagar said, India claims to be the largest democracy of the world but its democratic credentials stand badly exposed in occupied Kashmir where it is denying all the democratic rights to the Kashmiri people for the last over 72 years.
The Imam of Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid, Syed Ahmed Naqshbandi, addressing Juma congregation today, supported the strike call given by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum on the occasion of Indian Republic Day.
On the other hand, the visiting Indian ministers in their outreach programme received a cold response from the people of the territory. The authorities have deployed Indian troops and police personnel to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations. Moreover, mobile and internet services have also been suspended across occupied Kashmir.
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17 November, 2019