Srinagar, August 15: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Indian Independence Day, today, as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that India continues to deny them their inalienable right to self-determination.

The day was marked by complete shutdown, call for which had been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. All government offices, business establishments including banks were closed, while roads wore a deserted look in the valley.

The authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar, while Indian troops and police personnel were deployed in strength in all major cities and towns of the occupied territory to prevent people from holding anti-India protests. The roads were blocked with concertina wires. Special security measures were taken around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the official function in Srinagar. Closed circuit TV cameras were used to monitor the movement of people while mobile phone and Internet services were suspended.
Major Towns of Chenab Valley and Pir Panchal regions in Jammu province on Tuesday observed August 15 as ‘Black Day’ against civilian killings in Kashmir by government forces.

Shutdown in Chenab Valley
Members of Muslim community neither participated in I-Day celebrations nor opened up their shops in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Doda, Thathri, Gath and Gandoh areas, in response to the shutdown call given by Joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while supported by different locals Muslim organizations including Anjuman Islamia Bhaderwah, Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Markazi Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar and Masjid Committee Thathri.

Eyewitnesses told news local news agency CNS that all the shops and business establishments belonging to Muslim community remained shut while transport was off the roads. Locals said that Muslim community stayed away from Independence Day celebrations in every part of the Chenab Valley. They said that shutdown was observed to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

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