Islamabad, Pakistan: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the World are observing Indian Republic Day (January 26) as Black Day on Thursday.
The call for the observance of Black Day has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising to remind the World that India’s continued denial of the right to self-determination to the Kashmiris is contrary to its claim of being a democratic republic.
The Day is being marked by a complete strike in occupied Kashmir where all shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.
The occupation authorities have deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.
All roads leading to the Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of official functions in Srinagar, have been barricaded. The authorities have also suspended mobile internet services across occupied Kashmir.
People through statements, massage, and posters, by Sadai Mazloom, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Movement, Tehreek-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Alliance, Jammu and Kashmir Political Resistance Movement and Youth Freedom Fighter in Srinagar, and other areas of the valley asked to boycott all Indian official celebrations and hoist black flags on the rooftops of their houses, shops and other buildings. The posters continue to surface since last one week in different places of the territory.
Mushaal Hussein Mullick Video message in English on Indian Republic Day as Kashmiris Black Day, 26th January #26JanKashmirBlackDay #IndianRepublicDayBlackDayKashmiris #26_Jan_Black_Day_For_Kashmiris pic.twitter.com/E8hZw1o25x
— Mushaal Hussein Mullick (@MushaalMullick) January 25, 2023
The APHC reiterated its call for imposing civil curfew in every nook and corner of the territory. It castigated India for unleashing a reign of terror, repression, frequent cordon and search operations, random arrests and restricting businesses and social activities.
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party led by jailed leader Shabbir Ahmed Shah also appealed to the Kashmiris living all over the world to observe Indian “Republic Day” as Black Day. “The country that is grossly involved in death and destruction in Kashmir and holding millions of Kashmiris hostage at the gunpoint has no right whatsoever to observe Republic Day, while on the other hand India government has deprived Kashmiris of their basic rights,” the DFP said.
Other Hurriyat organizations including Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League and Democratic Political Movement said that the presence of Indian troops in IIOJK is illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional and is clear violation of International Law. Therefore, by no law all over the world or morals can justify the presence of Indian troops in IIOJK, they argued.