Kashmiris observe India’s Republic Day as black day


Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world on Sunday observed India’s Republic Day as black day to convey to the international community that India’s claim of being a democratic republic is totally misleading as it has denied the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination.
Call for the observance of the Black Day had been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, the High Court Bar Association and other pro- liberation leaders and organisations.
The day was marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir.
Gun-toting Indian troops and police personnel manned every nook and corner of all the major cities and towns of the territory to ensure that people do not hold anti-India demonstrations.
The occupation authorities also deployed troops and police personnel in strength around the Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of official function in Srinagar and other vital installations across the valley.