Complete strike marks anniversary of 1990 Handwara massacre
Srinagar, January 25 : Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world will observe Indian Republic Day, tomorrow, as Black Day to remind the world that India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination is contrary to its claim of being a democratic republic.
Call for the observance of the Black Day has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, and the High Court Bar Association and other pro-liberation leaders and organisations
. The day will be marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals.The authorities have deployed a large number of Indian 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. The deployment of army has been reinforced around the Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of official function.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Handwara, today, to mark the anniversary of a deadly massacre by Indian Border Security Force in the town. Seventeen innocent Kashmiris were killed when the BSF troops had opened indiscriminate fire on peaceful demonstrators in the town on this day in 1990.
World human rights watchdogs, the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in their statements said that the Indian army’s decision to close a case of extrajudicial executions by its troopers, despite an independent investigation finding evidence against them, reinforced the culture of impunity in occupied Kashmir.
More on 26 Jan BlackDay:
The 18 million people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been denied by India the UN-pledged use of their right to self-determination, will observe Jan 26, 2014, India Republic Day as Black Day across the world to draw global attention to their suppressed plight in IHK.
In occupied Kashmir the teenagers and youth killing spree is going on unabated despite public protests. Thousands detainees whose detentions have been terminated by courts have not been released. The abuse of human rights graph in IHK is spiralling fast.
The yearly review reports/records of European Parliament and OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) stand witness to the fact that India has let loose its occupation machinery to suppress the people of Kashmir. In fake encounters thousands Kashmiri youths have been killed. Rapes and abductions are worst used state revenge weapon.
Senior Kashmiri leaders have been denied travel abroad; their travel passports have been seized by India who shows her face to the outer world as ‘most’ democratic. In the coagulating cold Kashmiri kids are dying as no medi-cure is available to them.
“India has lately started revenge killings in Kashmir”, a Kashmiri student in Muzaffarabad, the capital of liberated region, Azad J&K, holding placard ‘Down With India’ told Kashmir Watch Saturday. “We are forced by oppressive circumstances in IHK (India-held Kashmir) to mark Jan 26, 2014 as Blackest Day for J&K people to shake the sleeping conscience of the world powers.
with inputs from KMS and Hameed Shaheen