MIRPUR: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observed Indian Republic Day as Black Day in protest against India's continued denial of their right to self-determination and human rights abuses in Indian-held Jammu Kashmir valley.

Kashmiris observe the Indian Republic Day as black day every year to protest and apprise the world of the continued brutalities and massacre of the innocent Kashmiris and the massive violations of human rights by the Indian occupying forces in the held valley and the importance of early peaceful resolution of the 70 year old Kashmir dispute.

The observance of the day also aimed at to apprise the world community of the continued hostile attitude of India denying Kashmiris their legitimate right to self determination and deviating all international norms escaping from the peaceful solution of the much delayed Kashmir issue.  Call for observing Indian republic day was given by All Parties Hurriyat Conference and various freedom-monger Kashmiri parties and was fully supported and backed by the AJK government.

In Azad Jammu & Kashmir the protest rallies and demonstrations against continued illegal, illicit and unlawful Indian occupation of a bulk part of the Himalayan State of Jammu & Kashmir in all ten districts of the liberated territory were the hallmark of the day.

The day also mark complete solidarity with the freedom-loving people of Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir in their just and principled struggle for freedom and for the achievement of their legitimate right to self determination.

The protest rallies followed by processions were held by various social, political and public representative organizations representing people of all spheres of life including lawyers, journalists, members of the business community, laborers, students and social and political workers to express fullest traditional hatred against the Indian imperialism besides protesting against the continued denial of all global norms and commitments on Kashmir and the persistent deviation and denial of the Kashmiris birth right to self determination since over last 70 years by India.