Whole Pakistani nation along with Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Black Day today to convey to the international community that they completely reject India’s illegal occupation of held Kashmir.
It was on this day in 1947 when Indian troops invaded Jammu and Kashmir and subjugated it in blatant violation of partition plan of the subcontinent and against the will and aspirations of Kashmiris.
This year’s day is of special significance as it is being observed in the backdrop of illegal and unilateral step of India to annex Kashmir on 5th of August.
The day highlights the 72 years of struggle of Kashmiris in their quest to right to self-determination.
President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other leaders in their messages on the occasion have reiterated complete support to the just cause of Kashmiris in their alienable right to freedom from Indian occupation.
Several programs, including rallies and seminars, are being held throughout the country to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir.
In capital Islamabad, documentaries are being played on large screens installed at key places in which Indian atrocities on innocent Kashmiris and the human tragedy unfolding in the territory is depicted. Stickers and banners of Black Day are pasted on public service buses and stops along with prominent places.
Pakistan National Council of the Arts has arranged a number of programs including a photographic exhibition depicting the plight of Kashmiris, and airing of two dramas titled ‘half widow’ and ‘curfew’.
The cellular phone companies have sent special messages on Black Day to their consumers.
Arrangements have also been made in all four provinces with banners, stickers and rallies to condemn the illegal occupation of India on Kashmir.
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 and remind the international community of its obligation to use its influence over India to resolve this decades long conflict. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its missions abroad have also published editorials and opinion pieces in foreign press to highlight the critical state prevailing in Occupied Kashmir.
Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television are running special transmissions to mark the day. Radio Pakistan’s News and Current Affairs channel is running a daylong special marathon transmission titled Ham Tumharay Sath Hain’ in which prominent political and social personalities will voice their opinion against the human rights violations of Kashmiris. Similar arrangements have been made by private radio and TV channels.
In Azad Kashmir, rallies, demonstrations and protest gatherings are being held in all small and big cities of the state under the auspices of Kashmir Liberation Cell, Hurriyat and religious organizations.
Main function of the Black Day is being held in the state capital Muzaffarabad. Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan is presiding over the function. A rally will also be taken out at the end of program.
All the three radio stations of AJK are airing special programs in connection with Black Day.
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.
Meanwhile, restrictions have been further tightened in the Occupied territory in view of the call for march towards Lal Chowk on the occasion of Black Day, today.
According to KMS, the deployment of Indian forces has been increased.
People continue to observe shutdown with main markets continue to shut, public transport off the roads and school buildings deserted look without students and staff as a mark of silent protest against India’s illegal action on 5th August.
On the other hand, life remains paralyzed in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region on 84th day.
Normal life continues to hit badly due to restrictions and gag on internet and most of cellular services.