MIRPUR (AJK) - India’s independence day was observed as black day by the people of Jammu & Kashmir living at both the sides of the line of control and rest of the World on Wednesday to register their deep concern over ruthless use of force against the Kashmiris who are struggling for their right to self-determination.

In Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, complete strike was observed. The people from all walks of life including men and women and children, political workers, students and employees associations attended the rally. They marched to the headquarters of the United Nations, led by AJ&K Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Shaheen Kousar Dar and other political leaders. They, with a memorandum, reminded the UN officials of their promises made to the Kashmiris and worst kind of state terrorism in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The memorandum stated that India being an aggressor in Kashmir, had no legal, moral and ethical right to celebrate her Independence, as she was occupying a large part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, against the will of people since 1947, ignoring the partition plan of subcontinent and denying the UN Security Council’s resolutions. The people of Jammu and Kashmir requested the UN Observers, time and again through hundreds of memorandums that the continuous flouting attitude of India. The memorandum said that Kashmir dispute had been a cause of confrontation between India and Pakistan who fought three wars on this account. Indian armed forces killed thousands of children, women and other innocent people including journalists, business men etc. It demanded UN and International community to pressure India to stop such killing immediately. It held that the people of Jammu and Kashmir through an indigenous armed struggle had made known to the world that they wanted freedom from India.

“Seven hundred thousand Indian armed forces in the State of Jammu and Kashmir are committing atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris. Till July 31, 2012, about 93,775 people have been martyred, thousands are undergoing sever torture in Indian cells and jails, 10,037 women have been molested and 107,436 children have been orphaned,” it read.

The memorandum feared that the continued occupation of Kashmir by India through its ruthless military might trigger major confrontation posing a serious threat to the peace in the region.  The people demanded that in the name of justice, honour of human rights and respect for the right of self determination influence be exercised and India be persuaded to and shun its obstinacy, concede the ground realities and agree to hold plebiscite and make sincere efforts to find an honorable solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people, through parleys between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri people.