ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and the world observed Black Day on Saturday to convey to the world that India has occupied Jammu and Kashmir against their will and is denying them their inalienable right to self-determination.
On October 27, 1947, the Indian troops had invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total violation of the partition plan of the subcontinent and against the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
In Azad Kashmir, the main function of the day was held in Muzaffarabad which was attended by Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur and other prominent personalities.
Speaking on the occasion, Ali Amin Khan Gandapur saluted Kashmiri people for their passion and determination in their just cause and said that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri brother and sisters and raise voice for them at all available forums.
He said that no power on earth can deprive Kashmiris of their right to self- determination, which was acknowledged by the United Nations (UN) as well.
In his address, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that AJK was liberated by the sons of soil from Dogra rulers after tremendous sacrifices. He reiterated the resolve of the Kashmiri people that struggle would continue till the liberation of the occupied part of Jammu and Kashmir from India and making it a part of Pakistan.
The other speakers, strongly condemning the recent mass killings of Kashmiri youth and scholars in occupied territory, appealed to the UN, international human rights organisations and international civil society to take serious notice of Indian state terrorism crushing indigenous struggle of Kashmir people for their birthright.
A rally was also taken out on the occasion. Participants of the rally holding placards and banners in their hands marched towards Burhan Muzaffar Wani Chowk amid anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.