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Kashmiris observe Black Day across world

Kashmiris observe Black Day across world
January 26, 2023 Web Desk

SRINAGAR (KMS) - Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Indian Republic Day, today, as Black Day in protest against India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

Call for the observance of the Black Day has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations.

The day is marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals.

Meanwhile, stringent measures in the name of security have been taking on the India’s Republic Day, today, bringing more miseries to the already besieged people in occupied Kashmir. Indian troops have intensified checking and frisking in Srinagar city and other parts of the territory.

The forces’ personnel have set up check points on every road and chowk where commuters and pedestrians are being frisked and vehicles are checked thoroughly.

In Srinagar, all roads leading towards a cricket stadium, where the main function is scheduled to be held, have been sealed with barbed wire and barricades have been erected around the stadium. Unprecedented arrangements have been made in and around the stadium.

A close vigil is being maintained on all vehicles and pedestrians entering the city. Police personnel can be seen carrying out surprise checking of the vehicles on the entry and exit points in Srinagar. The cops are also frisking motorcyclists and passengers of vehicles in the city. Similar reports have emerged from other parts of the territory.

APHC leaders, including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Rafia Rasool, Dr Musaib and Muhammad Aqib, in their statements conveyed a massage to the world that India is not a true democratic country as it has usurped the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people for the past over seven decades.

They said that Modi regime had put the entire Jammu and Kashmir under military siege to celebrate its Republic Day in the occupied territory.

APHC-AJK leaders Shaikh Abdul Mateen and Shamim Shawl in their separate statements in Islamabad said that India had forcibly seized Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 with its military might and since then more than six lakh Kashmiris had been mercilessly killed by the Indian forces. India and its stooges have let lose a reign of terror and turned the Jammu and Kashmir into a big jail and are and pushing the people to wall, the statements added.

The statements, while expressing serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists, including APHC Chairman Masarat Alam Butt, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Aasiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi, and urged the United Nation Human Rights Council and other human rights bodies to take notice of the worst situation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The statements also paid tributes to victims of Kupwara and Handwara massacres.