MIRPUR (AJK) - People across Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Monday observed black day to protest against the recent violation of ceasefire Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian troops.

The call for observing the black day was given by the AJK government to register protest against the continued violation of LoC by the Indian army - besides to invite the international community and United Nations' attention towards increasing unprovoked aggressive designs of India in the region particularly on the LoC in the Himalayan Azad Jammu & Kashmir state.

The protest demonstrations and rallies were taken out in all small, major towns and cities including Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Rawlakot, Kotli, Bagh Bhimbher and Neelam valley to observe the black day and condemn the recent unprovoked firing by the Indian troops from across the LoC that escalated tension on the forward areas of AJK facing Indian-held Jammu & Kashmir.

The AJK govt has also asked the Kashmiris settled abroad to lodge their protests before the major international bodies offices. In Mirpur, a huge black day rally was taken out from District Courts under the auspices of National Events Organizing Committee. The participants of the rally were holding banners bearing slogans against the violation of the LOC by the Indian troops.

The participants of the rally included social and political workers, lawyers, journalists, human rights workers, activists of various public representative organizations, and members of the business community.

AJK Minister for Electricity Ch Arshad Hussain, PPP City President Ghulam Rasool Awami, National Events Organising Committee Chairman Ch Guftar Hussain, Presidents of their respective factions of Markazi Anjuman-e-Tajran Sohail Shuja Mujahid and Ch Javed Iqbal, Non-gazetted Employees Organization District President Ch Gulzar Ali, APCA leaders including Akram Mughal and Liaqat Qureshi, City Administrator Mirza Mansha Ullah, District Bar Association leaders Arshad Mallik , Kashmir Press Club (Mirpur) President Syed Abid Hussain Shah and others led the rally.

After passing through central Shaheed Chowk and Allama Iqbal Road, the rally turned into a protest in front of the Municipal Corporation offices complex where speakers from all walks expressed grave concern over the current escalating situation on the LoC following the repeated violations by the Indian troops over the past two weeks.

The speakers said that India resorted to its worst LoC violation in the disputed Himalayan state of Jammu & Kashmir and warned India that the AJK will turn into a graveyard for the Indian Army if it committed any aggression against the liberated territory.

Amid full-throat zindabad slogans for valiant armed forces of Pakistan, the participants of the rally assured that people of AJK were always prepared to safeguard every inch of Pakistan and AJK by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Pakistan Army.

The speakers stressed that it was always imperative to resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions for the sake of ever-lasting peace in South Asia. In Muzaffarabad and Bhimbher, the leaders of the similar black day rallies, submitted memorandums to the local offices of the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan seeking early intervention of the UNO to force India stop LoC violation.

The memorandums also reminded the world body its due responsibility to take substantial measures and put pressure on India for the resolution of Kashmir issue. The protesters also appealed to the UN Secretary General to constitute a commission for inquiry into the recent violations of ceasefire by Indian troops on the LoC to avert such immoral act by India in the already volatile Himalayan region in future.