Kashmiris observe India's Independence Day as Black Day
16 August, 2013
SRINAGAR: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the India's Independence Day as Black Day on Thursday to convey the message to the international community that India has usurped the Kashmiris' inalienable right to self-determination.
The day was marked by complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir, call for which has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and other pro-liberation leaders.
The occupation authorities have put in place stringent restrictions in Srinagar and other towns to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Amid complete shutdown, a large number of Indian troops and police personnel are patrolling the deserted roads and streets.
The administration has taken tight security measures around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the 15th August celebrations. CCTV cameras are being used for surveillance purposes while sharp shooters have been deployed in strength in all sensitive areas and vital installations in Srinagar.
On the other hand, mobile telephone service across the Kashmir Valley has been suspended to prevent people from sharing information about the latest situation of the occupied territory.
The picturesque Himalayan territory is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored LoC, but both countries claim it in full.
Freedom fighters' have also been fighting Indian forces since 1989 for the independence of the disputed territory.
Although violence has abated during the last decade, the fighting has left tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, dead.