Kashmiris observe ‘Black Day’ today

12-May-2007-Black-Day

SRINAGAR/MUZAFFARABAD: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world will observe Sunday, October 27 (today), as Black Day against the Indian aggression and illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The “Black Day” aims to convey to the international community that the Kashmiris reject the Indian illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. It was on October 27, 1947 that Indian troops landed in Srinagar and forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir in total disregard to the partition plan of the Subcontinent and against the aspirations of the Kashmiris. Every year, the day is marked as Kashmir Black Day by total strike. Different functions, protest demonstrations and anti-India rallies are taken out in the occupied territory, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and also in the world capitals. This year too, the Kashmiris are observing October 27 as the Black Day to demonstrate to the world that they will never yield to Indian repression.

Other accomplices in this greatest human tragedy were Maharaja Hari Singh, the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, and Cyril Radcliff, head of the Boundary Commission. In blatant violation of the partition plan and against the popular will of Kashmiri Muslims, India announced the accession of Jammu and Kashmir under a controversial Instrument of Accession. Although Jammu and Kashmir was a Muslim majority state and had a natural tendency to accede to Pakistan in view of its geography, people’s aspirations, culture, and religion. Right from the day one, the people of Kashmir did not accept India’s illegal occupation and started an armed struggle with the total support of the public in 1947.

The armed men from tribal areas entered into Jammu and Kashmir to support the people’s movement. India on January 1, 1948, approached the UN Security Council to address the matter. The UN Security Council through its successive resolutions impliedly nullified Indian occupation of Kashmir declaring it as a disputed territory. It approved a ceasefire, demarcation of the ceasefire line, demilitarisation of the state and a free and impartial plebiscite to be conducted under the supervision of the world body. Although the ceasefire and demarcation of the ceasefire line were implemented but demilitarisation of the occupied territory and a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN supervision remain unimplemented till date and the Kashmir dispute keeps on lingering.

As a result of the demarcation, about 139,000 square kilometres area of Jammu and Kashmir remained with India while 83,807 square kilometres constituted the territory of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Indian rulers announced until 1957 that they would provide the Kashmiris the right to decide their future. The promise still remains unfulfilled and the struggle for Kashmiris inalienable right to self-determination continues. After the failure of all peaceful means to settle the Kashmir dispute, the Kashmiris started a massive uprising in 1989 to end the status quo and secure their right to self-determination.

This public movement gathered momentum with the passage of time and forced India to come to the table of negotiations with Pakistan in 2004. The dialogue process between the two countries continues till date but without yielding substantive results with regard to the resolution of Kashmir dispute. The reason is India’s non-seriousness and its intransigence on the dispute. Since initiation of the peace process, New Delhi has been missing no opportunity to halt it on one pretext or the other. The continued Indian state terrorism, particularly since 1989 – when Kashmiris stepped up their liberation struggle has made the life of Kashmiri people miserable.

Source: Daily Times

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