Srinagar:The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has termed 27th October, 1947, as the blackest day in the history of Kashmir as it was on this very day when India sent its armed forces to Kashmir without the consent of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The JRL said this in a resolution read out and passed by the people, today, in various mosques, shrines and Imambargahs across occupied Kashmir including Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri, Poonch and Bhaderwah areas of Jammu region after Friday prayers on the occasion of Black Day, the October 27 – the day when Indian army illegally occupied the Jammu and Kashmir in 1947.

“October 27, 1947, is the blackest day in the history of Kashmir as it was on this very day when India sent its armed forces to Kashmir without the consent of people of Jammu and Kashmir. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have always stood and fought against this forced control that has consumed thousands of innocent lives since 1947,” the resolution said.

“This gathering resolves that October 27, 1947 is the blackest day in the history of Kashmir and people of Kashmir will continue to fight against this forced control. We also resolve and take a pledge to fight against the landing of Indian army in Kashmir on this day and taking control of the territory without the consent of its people. The struggle against the forced control will remain the way people of Jammu and Kashmir have been doing since past 70 years,” it said.

The resolution further said, “This gathering strongly condemns the presence of eight lakh Indian armed forces in Kashmir who enjoy impunity under the draconian AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) that allows them to kill innocent Kashmiris at their will anywhere, anytime. We also urge the world community to play their positive role to ensure sufferings and unabated human rights violations inflicted on the people of Kashmir by the Indian forces are mitigated.”

“This gathering urges the world bodies and all the human rights organisations to intervene into the ill-treatment being meted out to thousand of prisoners lodged in jails in and outside Kashmir and to ensure prisoners who have completed their term are released and others who are serving detention are treated as per proper jail manuals. We also urge international organisations including ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross) to conduct visit of all the jails across India to get the firsthand account of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners,” the resolution said.

It added, “This gathering strongly denounces the frequent house arrest of resistance leaders, barring them from carrying out social, religious and political obligations, imposing curbs every now and then and makes it clear that no matter how worst ploys the government of India will adopt to muzzle the genuine struggle in Kashmir and to build pressure on the Hurriyat leadership, all these moves are destined to fail as they have failed in the past.”

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