Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and the world over observed black day on Wednesday to convey to the world that India had occupied Jammu and Kashmir seven decades ago against their will and is denying them their inalienable UN-mandated right to self-determination. On this Kashmir Solidarity Day (February 5) world including Pakistan protested again the brutalities of India.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said by abrogating the special status of Kashmir, Modi government has done a terrible mistake. He was addressing the legislative assembly of Azad Kashmir on the account of Kashmir Solidarity day. Imran Khan while addressing the solidarity with Kashmir, he said India has imprisoned 8 million Kashmiris, I have fought for Kashmiris on every forum and given interviews to the international media so that the crooked face of India get exposed. The Prime Minister said that after August 5, RSS philosophy on the Kashmir issue was exposed. We have spoken to the heads of countries also raise the issue in UN General Assembly. Moreover he said Kashmir will get its freedom soon.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, in their separate messages on the occasion of Kashmir Black Day reiterated unflinching diplomatic and political support for the just cause of the people of IHK. Dr Arif Alvi said: “We pay homage to the sacrifices of our brethren in Occupied Kashmir and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support for the just cause of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. This support will continue till the realisation of their lawful right to self-determination.” The president said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) through several of its resolutions has validated the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future through a fair and impartial plebiscite.
Meanwhile, President AJK Masood Khan, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Prof Sajid Mir, Abdul Rehman Malik, who heads the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production Abdul Qayyum, APHC leadership and members of civil society attended the seminar to mark the day. The AJK president, legislators and experts paid glowing tributes to the people of IHK for keeping alive the freedom struggle and taking it forward despite spill of massive blood and experiencing worst type of human right abuses at the hands of Indian occupation forces since 1947.
Taxis rally has been organized outside the Indian embassy in New York. Placards have been pasted on around 550 taxis in New York to show solidarity with Kashmir. Rallies are organized and these taxis carried out patrolling in areas of Manhattan and New York today. The troop has also roamed outside United Nations. Apart from that, placards were posted on the taxis to show the ongoing brutalities Kashmiri people are facing. “Free Kashmir” signs also appeared on the streets and avenues of New York. The signs also mentioned a call to end “genocide, oppression and fascism” On the other hand, the Pakistan embassy in Kabul has been forced not to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day event at Intercontinental Hotel.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said the people of Kashmir not alone in their struggle, against Indian armed forces. The army chief said millions of Kashmiris have been imprisoned and India has suppressed the rights of innocent civilians. He said Kashmir strives to gain its independence in light of the UN resolution and lauded the sacrifices of the armed forces, responsible for keeping Kashmir alive.