‘Strike marks Indian Republic Day in occupied Kashmir’
Srinagar, January 26 : Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observed Indian Republic Day, today, as Black Day to convey to the world community that India’s claim of being a democratic republic is totally misleading as it has denied the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination.
The day was marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir, call for which had been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, the High Court Bar Association and other pro-liberation leaders and organisations. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road.
Armed Indian troops and police personnel manned every nook and corner of all major cities and towns to ensure that people could not hold anti-India demonstrations.
Stringent security measures had been put in place around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the official function in Srinagar, while sharp shooters had been positioned at high-rise buildings around the venue. Movement of people was monitored through closed circuit television cameras and mobile phone and wireless internet services in the territory were suspended.
The APHC-AJK chapter organised a sit-in protest outside the UN Office in Islamabad. It was led by the Convenor, Syed Yousuf Naseem. A memorandum presented to the UN Office, urged the Secretary General of the World Body, Ban Ki-moon to impress upon India to repeal black laws from occupied Kashmir, release illegally detained Kashmiris and stop human rights abuses in the territory.
A resolution passed at a seminar organized by the AJK chapter of Syed Ali Gilani’s forum in Islamabad said that Kashmiris would not compromise on their struggle for right to self-determination. It asked Pakistan and India to prioritize settlement of the Kashmir dispute in their talks and involve the Kashmiri Hurriyet leadership with the process to make it meaningful and result-oriented. The seminar was presided over by Raja Farooq Haider Khan.
In London, British Kashmiris staged a demonstration against continued occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India outside the Indian High Commission. The demonstrators were carrying banners and placards demanding of India to quit Kashmir and asking the international community to redeem the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The demonstration was organised under the auspices of Kashmir Advisory Council and attended among others by Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Ms Shamim Shawl.