ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris would observe a ‘Black Day’ on Friday to convey their message of protest to international community against persistent Indian atrocities and illegal occupation.
Jammu Kashmir is a long-standing issue, which originated when Indian forces forcibly occupied a vast area of the state on October 27, 1947 in collaboration with then Kashmiri ruler – the Maharaja. It is the darkest day in the history as Kashmiris were sold to India regardless of the Indian Independence Act and the Partition Plan.
When Pakistan and India became independent on August 1947, it was generally assumed that Jammu Kashmir, as an adjoining state with a predominantly Muslim population, would accede to Pakistan. Kashmiris and their supporters commemorate the day every year as a Black Day.
The Azad Jammu Kashmir government and the Federal Ministry of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir Affairs have already finalised preparations to observe the day against India’s occupation of the Kashmiri state. Like AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, protest rallies and demonstrations would be held in all four provinces.
The state-run Pakistan Television and the Radio Pakistan have planned special programmes to express solidarity with Kashmiris on the occasion. The AJK government would present a memorandum in the UN Office at Muzaffarabad. A rally would be organised by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan.
All 10 districts of AJK also organise rallies and seminars at district level. A memorandum would also be hand over to the UN office in Islamabad by representatives of the Hurriyat Conference, the AJK government and the provinces. India is desperate to tamper with the Muslim majority character of Jammu Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference said in a message.
Consecutive resolutions passed by the Security Council invalidated the Indian invasion in the Kashmiri state. Through the resolutions passed on August 13, 1948, and January 5, 1949, the UN approved a ceasefire, demarcation of the ceasefire line, demilitarisation of the state and a free and impartial plebiscite to be conducted under the supervision of the world body.