SANGLA HILL - The nation would express solidarity with the people of Kashmir by observing Black Day today in a befitting manner, the Kashmir affairs minister said.

Chairing a meeting which reviewed preparations for observing Black Day, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir said Indian forces’ atrocities in the held valley would be forcefully protested.

The meeting was attended by officials of various ministries, and other high officials of the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The meeting was told that special arrangements had already been finalised to observe the day. Different rallies had already been arranged at all district headquarters of four provinces, AJK and GB, it was told. Key government functionaries would issue special message to commemorate the Black Day.

The meeting was told that talk shows had been arranged to highlight significance of the day. APHC has also arranged a rally in federal capital to highlight Indian atrocities in the occupied valley. The Parliament’s Kashmir Committee has arranged a seminar in Quetta.

It suggested presenting a resolution in the national, provincial assemblies and the Senate to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir in connection with Black Day.

The meeting asked provincial governments to urge Ulema to highlight Indian atrocities in their sermons.

The minister said the government was observing Balck Day for many years. It is responsibility of all and sundry to raise their voice against Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir, he said and added Indian occupation was violation of basic human rights.

The minister said that PML-N government had taken up the issue of Kashmir at international forums. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif pleaded the case of Kashmiris at all available forums in last four years, he said. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had also categorically stated at various forums that Pak-India relations could not become normal sans resolving Kashmir issue, he said. The minister directed hoisting black flags at government and other buildings of four provinces, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan to mark the Balck Day.