Kashmiris to observe Black Day today
15 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and the world over would observe India's Independence Day as 'Black Day'.
They would go on a strike in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) today while protest rallies have also been planned in world capitals.
The call for strike was given by APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani and other pro-liberation leaders to convey the message to India that it has no moral justification to observe its Independence Day in Jammu and Kashmir as it has usurped all fundamental rights of the Kashmiris.
Meanwhile, the entire occupied valley had been turned into a military garrison ahead of the Indian Independence Day, Kashmir Media Service reported.
A large number of Indian troops and police personnel are patrolling roads and streets, causing inconvenience to people. Sharp shooters have also been deployed in strength in all sensitive areas and vital installations in Srinagar. Strict checking of vehicles and pedestrians is being carried out in all major towns.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Zafar Akbar Butt in their statements urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to play an effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute as per the Kashmiris' aspirations and in line with the relevant UN resolutions.
The Kashmiri leaders also felicitated the people and government of Pakistan on the occasion of their Independence Day.