ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The state and people of Pakistan are observing Black Day today, reports DND News Agency from Islamabad.
“Black Day” which is also called as “Kashmir Black Day is observed every October 27 to mark the illegal incursion of the Valley of Kashmir into India on October 27, 1947.
On October 24, 1947, the valley of Kashmir announced its Independence in accordance with Indo-Pak Partition Plan which empowered the people of Jammu and Kashmir Valley (Kashmir) to decide their fate for joining either of newly independent states (India and Pakistan).
Since majority of Kashmir (over 90 percent) was Muslims; therefore, they decided to join the newly formed Muslim State of Pakistan, which came into being on August 14, 1947.
Since ruling Maharaja of Kashmir was a Hindu, he acceded to India and an illegal and controversial document, the Instrument of Accession was signed on October 26, 1947 between Indian government and Hindu Maharaja of Kashmir.
On October 27, 1947, the Government of India sent forces to snub Kashmiris and occupied a large part of Jammu and Kashmir but failed to occupy whole Kashmir Valley as Kashmiri Muslims strongly fought with Indian forces.
It was blatant violation of the essence of partition plan of the Subcontinent and against the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Situation became volatile when India and Pakistan went for war and India went to United Nations, asking UNSC to play its role to stop war and demanded a ceasefire and Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru solemnly declared in United Nations that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir would be decided by the people of the State through Plebiscite. Since then, Kashmir issue is unresolved although over 15 UNSC resolutions were adopted by UN Security Council for Plebiscite Kashmir.
Kashmiri people across the globe rebuffed the illegal Instrument of Accession, and announced to observe October 27 as Black Day every year.
Standing by the Kashmiris diplomatically, politically and morally, Pakistan also left no stone unturned to support their Kashmiri brethren on all fronts, and have also since then been observing Kashmir Black Day on October 27.
Government of Pakistan has chalked out a comprehensive programme to observe the day, highlighting brutalities and massive human rights violations, being committed by the Indian troops to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiris.
Public gatherings, rallies, walks and protest demonstrations are being held at district and Tehsil level across the Country including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Likewise, black banners, Panaflex, hoardings and streamers were displayed at prominent roads and places to mark Kashmir Black Day in an appropriate manner.
Notwithstanding political differences, the opposition parties also held rallies and organize solidarity gatherings in support of Kashmiris.
Though the sufferings of Kashmiri people commenced on October 27, 1947 with the landing of Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir but they increased manifold after New Delhi revoked Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution on August 5 this year, suspending the Special Status of Occupied Kashmir.
Along with it, the Indian government also imposed an indefinite curfew in Jammu and Kashmir, therefore in the besieged valley, the normal life remains badly hit due to restrictions and gag on internet and cellular services while shops and business establishments also remain closed and traffic is off the roads.
What we know about situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 (35-A) on August 5, 2019?
- Over 80 Days long curfew and communication blockade continues
- Medical services still not available in IoK,
- International media and international Human rights organisations confirm in their reports that women, girls, children and even young boys are sexually abuse by Indian law enforcing agencies
- Disappearance and abduction of youth continues
- Serious humanitarian crises grips IoK as food stocks are inadequate
- Tourism and hotel industry completely collapsed in IoK
- Orchards owned by Muslim Kashmiris are catted down to ground so there would be no fruit value addition industry available once clampdown is lifted
- Night house-raids and picking up men by law enforcing agencies continues
- Estimated deaths due to non-availability of medical services in Valley crossing the figure of 7,000 patients (deceased patients).
- Educational institutes are still closed and Kashmiris are denied basic right of health and education for the last 85 plus days.