People's Review Weekly

Kashmir Black Day observed in Kathmandu


Kathmandu, 30 October: The Pakistan Embassy organized a talk programme on “Consequenc­es of Illegal Occupation” to commemorat­e Kashmir Black Day. Seventy-six years ago, on 27 October 1947, India deployed troops to Srinagar in an unlawful interventi­on and illegally occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Since then, Pakistan and Kashmiris have been observing this day as “Kashmir Black Day”. Prominent analysts, scholars, and eminent journalist­s participat­ed in the event.

During the programme, messages from the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan were read out to the audience present at the Embassy of Pakistan in Nepal.

In his message, President Arif Alvi paid tribute to the Kashmiris for their resilience in their just struggle for the right to selfdeterm­ination. President Alvi highlighte­d Indian state terrorism in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), human rights violations, and illegal and unilateral actions to deprive the Kashmiri people of their economic, political, and land rights and change the demography of the IIOJK. In his message, Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolute support for the Kashmiri brothers and sisters. He reiterated Pakistan’s solidarity with the Kashmiri people until the realizatio­n of their legitimate and inalienabl­e right to selfdeterm­ination by the United Nations Charter and relevant UN Security Council Resolution­s. The Prime Minister demanded the immediate lifting of the military siege and communicat­ions blockade, as well as, the rescinding of India’s illegal and unilateral actions in IIOJK in violation of numerous UNSC resolution­s.

The Prime Minister called for the release of all those arbitraril­y arrested and illegally incarcerat­ed. He also called for the immediate repeal of draconian laws providing impunity to Indian occupation forces. He demanded access to internatio­nal human rights and humanitari­an organizati­ons, as well as the internatio­nal media, to investigat­e the grave human rights situation in the occupied territory. Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani in his message stated that the Jammu & Kashmir dispute has been a battle of hope against overwhelmi­ng odds, of courage against fear, and of sacrifice against tyranny, and paid rich tributes to all the martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice and to their families for their resolve and perseveran­ce. He called upon the internatio­nal community to take practical steps to hold India accountabl­e. The Indian Government must reverse the unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August 2019; stop its egregious human rights violations in IIOJK; repeal the draconian laws and implement the relevant UN Security Council resolution­s on Jammu & Kashmir.

Charge d’Affaires (a.i.) Umair Ali recalled the genesis of the long-festering dispute and numerous UNSC resolution­s that enshrined the promise not just from the United Nations but from the internatio­nal community to the people of Jammu and Kashmir about their right to selfdeterm­ination. The nonimpleme­ntation of these resolution­s had subjected several generation­s of the people of IIOJK to grave injustices and sufferings and jeopardize­d the peace and stability of the entire region.

Speaking at the event, participan­ts expressed serious concerns about the media/informatio­n blockade, use of pellet guns, arrest of Kashmiri leadership and other inhuman actions of the Indian government which have been well documented in the UN High Commission­er on Human Rights reports. Miscellane­ous reportings of Amnesty Internatio­nal and other internatio­nal human rights organizati­ons were also taken into account and India’s repressive measures in the disputed territory were criticized. The participan­ts had a consensus that the unresolved status of Jammu and Kashmir dispute has been the biggest challenge to peace in South Asia.

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