October 27 is the darkest day in the history of Kashmir. Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), in Pakistan and around the world as well all the human rights organizations here, there and everywhere observe October 27 every year as a black day. It was on this day, back in 1947 , India had airlifted its forces and occupied valley of Jammu and Kashmir after the Hindu Maharaja through an illegal instrument announced accession to India. One can sell land but not the people living on that land. But the Hindu Maharaja had sold the people of valley of Jammu and Kashmir and the international community had remained a silent witness to this wholsale selling of the Kashmiris then and continues to be looking the other side even now.

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The Kashmiris observe October 27 as the black day to reiterate their commitment to keep on fighting against occupying Indian security forces, rejecting India’s illegal occupation and more importantly to wake up conscience of the United Nation Organization (UNO) and its member countries to implement its resolutions and exert pressure on India to grant the Kashmiris their fundamental right of self-determination which it itself had committed in the world body and also pledged by its first Governor General Lord Mountbatten and Prime Minister Jawahir Lal Nehru.

Kashmir’s indigenous, unarmed struggle for freedom from Indian occupation, which they have all along been rejecting terming it illegal and against their aspirations, and their great sacrifices are more than enough to tell the international community that India can continue killing the Kashmiris but it cannot suppress their sentiments for freedom for which their struggle will continue till cherished objective of freedom is achieved no matter how many sacrifices they have to make.

It is a bitter and quite regrettable reality that the Kashmir dispute remains on the UN agenda, unresolved, for such a long period. At the same time the continued silence of the international community in this respect is also deplorable. Even when the founding day of the United Nations was observed on October 24 throughout the world and its achievements were highlighted, there was no mention of the unresolved Kashmir dispute and any reiteration for its peaceful solution by granting the Kashmiris their birth right of self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions and India’s commitment. In fact, the unresolved Kashmir dispute remains a black spot on the face of the world body.

It is matter of great shame and regret that the international community, including so-called world human rights champion USA, are all criminally silent over India’s continued occupation and gross human rights violations and killings of more and more Kashmiris whose only crime is that they do not accept Indian occupation which is against their aspirations and want freedom by exercising the right of self-determination.

Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of partition, and in all fairness the Kashmiri people are fighting to secure their birth right of self-determination, freedom from Indian occupation and complete the Pakistan Movement. Pakistan and Kashmir have eternal bond of geography, culture and religion.

Over the years, Indian government has been forcibly migrating Hindus into occupied Kashmir to turn the predominantly majority Muslim population into minority but even after resorting to such tactics, India is not letting the Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination which is universally recognized.

Pakistan has all along been supporting a just, indigenous, unarmed struggle of the Kashmiris at all international forums urging upon the international community to open their eyes and see the Indian state organized terrorism in held Kashmir and play their positive and constructive role in peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute. Pakistan has been and will continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris’ struggle for securing freedom from Indian occupation and exercising their right of self-determination and deciding their future themselves. Resolution of Kashmir dispute is the key to stable peace, prosperity and prosperity in South Asia. Continued denial of right of self-determination to Kashmiris and even not holding bilateral talks for resolving linger Kashmir dispute peacefully has exposed the so-called democratic face of India.

By observing yet another black day on October 27, 2017, Kashmiris hope to highlight their just and peaceful struggle for freedom from Indian occupation , wake up the sleeping conscience of the international community and human rights organisations and bodies all over the globe and sensitize the lingering unresolved Kashmir dispute on the UN agenda .

The writer is Lahore-based Freelance Journalist, Columnist and retired Deputy Controller (News) Radio Pakistan Islamabad.

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