ISLAMABAD - China yesterday expressed concern over the casualties in the clash in the Indian occupied Kashmir and hoped that relevant incident will be handled properly.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang in his remarks said China has taken note of relevant reports. “We are equally concerned about the Kashmir issue. China holds a consistent stance and hopes relevant parties will address the issue peacefully through dialogue”.

Meanwhile, black day will be observed across Pakistan today to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and protest grave human rights violations by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

Rallies and functions will be held all over Pakistan and Azad Kashmir to draw attention of the world community towards the burning issue of Kashmir.

Kashmiris in Occupied Valley will also observe the black day.

All officials of federal and provincial governments will wear black arms bands while on duty to express political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.

Special prayers will also be held after Zohar prayers for martyrs of Kashmir.

Pakistani diaspora will lodge strong protests in front of the national parliaments of their respective host countries and the United Nations organizations.

Pakistani missions abroad will also sensitize the local media as well as various caucuses in different regions on the Kashmir issue.

In a related development, leaders of local leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Jammat-e-Islami and Jammat ud Dawah (JuD) while addressing a joint press conference here yesterday condemned the killings of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian security forces in the occupied Kashmir.

They were of the view that India has left no option for the Kashmiris except the international community ensures that right of self determination is recognized in accordance with the UN resolutions. They urged the international community to take notice of the gross violations of human rights in the Indian held Kashmir.