Kashmiris to observe Black Day tomorrow

Srinagar, January 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world will observe Indian Republic Day, tomorrow, as Black Day to draw the world attention towards the fact that India’s claim of being a democratic republic is hollow as it has usurped the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination for the past over six decades.

The day will be marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir, call for which has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and the High Court Bar Association.

The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, termed the arrest, frisking and harassment of innocent civilians by Indian troops and police in the occupied territory ahead of Indian Republic Day as the worst form of state terrorism.

He appealed to the international human rights organisations to take cognisance of the prevailing situation of the territory and impress upon New Delhi to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. He also felicitated the Muslims on the auspicious occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that the civilian population in the occupied territory was held hostage by the Indian forces in the name of so-called security arrangements. Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, addressing a Seerat conference in Budgam said that observance of Indian Republic Day in occupied Kashmir was tantamount to rubbing salt on the wounds of Kashmiris.

Indian police arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Firdous Ahmed Shah, and several leaders and activists of the party from their residences in Srinagar and lodged them at Kothi Bagh Police Station.

APHC leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, addressing a Milad congregation at Aishmuqam paid glowing tributes to Handwara martyrs on the occasion of their 23rd martyrdom anniversary. He demanded early resolution of the Kashmir dispute for ensuring permanent peace and stability in South Asia.

On the other hand, the authorities have deployed a large number of troops and police personnel in Srinagar and other towns. Random crackdowns are being carried out and commuters are subjected to vigorous screening in the territory. Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of official function, has been sealed and the deployment of Indian police and troopers has been strengthened around it.

Meanwhile, Eid Milad-un-Nabi was celebrated, today, in the occupied territory with religious enthusiasm. Thousands of devotees who thronged mosques and shrines prayed for the early liberation of Kashmir from Indian bondage.

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