MIRPUR (AJK) - Kashmiris observed the India’s Republic day as black day on Friday so as to express severe hatred against India and reiterated their demand for early grant of their right to self-determination.

They said that the right had been being denied by India for the last 70 years at the helm of its military power in occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

The protest rally followed by a major anti-India demonstration by local students and other elders of the civil society was held at Allama Iqbal Road. The city elders representing all the segments of the society highlighted the importance of peaceful settlement of the Kashmir problem. They registered protest against the continued forcible and illegal Indian occupation of major parts of Jammu & Kashmir.

Addressing the rally at Shaheed Chowk, Kashmiri jurist and Secretary General of AJK Supreme Court Bar Association Sultan Mehmood, Prof Rab Nawaz, rights activist Hamayoon Zaman, Shakoor Mughal of Muslim Conference and others expressed grave concern over the recent escalation on the Line of Control following the frequent incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian troops.

They called upon the world community to ensure peaceful solution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Resolutions and Kashmiri people's wishes. They said that Pakistan is incomplete without its jugular vein. They said that people of Jammu & Kashmir would continue their struggle till the freedom of occupied Jammu Kashmir from Indian bondage and accession of entire Jammu Kashmir state to Pakistan, the ultimate destination of the people of the state.

They paid rich tributes to the struggling people of occupied Jammu & Kashmir for facing large scale Indian atrocities in the held territory. They said the sacrifices being offered by the valiant Kashmiri people would not go in vain as the time was not far when their struggle would be crowned with success.

Various political, religious, social and human rights organizations held anti-India and pro-freedom rallies and demonstrations in various other parts of the Mirpur division - Mirpur, Kotli and Bhimbher districts - to register protest against the inhuman attitude and continued human rights violations. The people are continuing their indigenous struggle for the achievement of their birth right to self-determination.

The living in the Indian-held Kashmir launched their indigenous struggle in 1989 for the liberation of the motherland from the Indian subjugation.