Kashmir Black Day observed at Pakistan’s missions world over

Resolve to continue support to Kashmiris’ struggle reaffirmed

Islamabad, October 27 (KMS): The embassies and high commissions of Pakistan across the world observed the Kashmir Black Day, today, to condemn Indian atrocities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and reiterate the support to the oppressed Kashmiris.

Pakistan’s diplomatic missions held a variety of events including seminars and photo exhibitions in this regard. These events were attended by notables from the respective countries, members of the Pakistani community as well as the Kashmiris living there.

The Kashmir Black Day is observed to commemorate the forcible landing of Indian troops in Srinagar on October 27, 1947 which continues to forcibly and illegally occupy this territory ever since.

The Pakistani envoys read out the messages of the president, prime minister and foreign minister of Pakistan at their respective ceremonies.

At a Kashmir Black Day event held at Pakistan’s embassy in Ankara, Deputy Head of Mission Abbas Sarwar Qureshi said India had been trying to suppress the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom through armed aggression. He maintained that Pakistan would continue its political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. He also thanked the Turkish government and people for their principled stance and support to the Kashmir cause.

At a similar event in Tokyo, Charge d’Affaires Ismat Hassan Sial highlighted the continuous atrocities being perpetrated by Indian troops in IIOJK and reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to keep supporting the Kashmiri people.

Besides a photo exhibition held at the embassy while the Pakistani community and Kashmiri diaspora held a protest in front of the Indian Embassy in Tokyo. Holding banners and placards, the protesters marched towards the UN Representative Office in Tokyo and submitted a demarche.

Pakistan High Commissioner Zaheer Janjua in Ottawa, Canada, called upon the international community to come together and demand India’s compliance with its international obligations in line with UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.

A pictorial exhibition was also arranged to highlight the Indian atrocities in the IIOJK.

Meanwhile, various Pakistani and Kashmiri organisations also held different Kashmir-related events in major cities of Canada, including capital Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

At an event held in Kabul, Charge d’Affairs, Sarfraz Ahmed Khan said that the Kashmiri people were awaiting the international community to fulfill its promise of holding a plebiscite according to UN Security Council’s resolutions. He also condemned the illegal unilateral Indian action of repealing the special status of IIOJK on August 5, 2019 in order to marginalise the Kashmiris.

A documentary and a special song on Kashmir prepared by the foreign ministry were played on this occasion.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Russia, Shafqat Ali Khan, at a Kashmir Black Day event in Moscow, said, “Pakistan’s only objective is the fulfillment of the legitimate aspirations of our Kashmiri brethren.” He expressed the hope that the difficult days of Kashmiri people are numbered and light can be seen at the end of the long dark tunnel.

A documentary about the 75-year-long resistance to the Indian occupation and brutality in IIOJK was screened on the occasion. A photographic exhibition depicting the Indian atrocities and the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle was also held.

The Kashmir Black Day event held in Kazakhstan highlighted, through a documentary, the brutal Indian ways of suppressing the Kashmiris’ voice. An exhibition of posters and pamphlets depicting human rights violations in IIOJK was also displayed on the sidelines of the event.

The Embassy of Pakistan in Bahrain marked Kashmir Black Day with an event at the Chancery building to commemorate the act of aggression against innocent Kashmiris by the Indian forces.

The embassies of Pakistan in Maldives and Belarus organized events to observe Kashmir Black Day and express solidarity with the oppressed people in the IIOJK.

The Pakistani embassy in Greece held a photo exhibition, webinar and presentation highlighting the plight of Kashmiris. “Friends of Kashmir” protested outside the Indian embassy reminding India of its obligations regarding the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

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