Srinagar, October 28 (KMS): Incarcerated Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Masarrat Aalam Butt, has thanked the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Kashmiri Diaspora for observing October 27 as Black Day and organizing peaceful protest rallies against the illegal Indian military invasion of Kashmir on that day in 1947.
Masarrat Aalam Butt in a message sent from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail and released in Srinagar said that by observing the Black Day, the people in IIOJK and the Kashmiri Diaspora reiterated their pledge to never accept India’s forcible occupation of their motherland and to resist its military aggression at all costs. He said that the observance of the Black Day by the Kashmiris must serve as an eye-opener for New Delhi and it must respect their sentiments and give them their inalienable right to self-determination.
Meanwhile, political experts and analysts in their interviews and statements in Srinagar said India has been treating Kashmir as its colony right from 27th October in 1947 when its troops had landed in Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it against the spirit of the Partition Plan of the subcontinent and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. They pointed out that the Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government’s August 5, 2019 illegal unilateral move of repealing the special status of IIOJK was another step towards colonizing Kashmir. They said the Modi regime is taking cue from Israeli playbook to further its settler-colonial agenda in the occupied territory.
The pro-Azaadi posters surfaced in Bari Brahmana, Tarore and other areas of Samba district in Jammu region. The posters mostly written in Urdu demanded that India should leave Kashmir and give the Kashmiris their birthright to self-determination.
Meanwhile, the occupation authorities kept senior APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest and once again disallowed him to offer Juma prayers at Jamia Masjid, Srinagar. He has been under continued house detention since August 05, 2019.
At least 25 residential houses were gutted in a massive fire in Chag-Gandhari area of Kishtwar district. The devastating blaze rendered 23 families homeless.
On the other hand, Kashmiris and Pakistanis living in different countries including Australia, Japan, Nepal, Maldives, Belarus, Russia, China, Türkiye, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UK, Norway, Belgium, Greece, US and Canada held anti-India demonstrations, rallies and seminars and other events to mark 27 October as Kashmir Black Day. Speakers of these events highlighted the Kashmir dispute and the miseries of the oppressed people of IIOJK. The events were organized by Pakistani High Commissions, embassies and consulates as well as Kashmiri representative organizations.