LAHORE  - Kashmiris staged demonstration and held rallies across the country including Lahore to mark the October 27 as Black Day, conveying world that they rejected India's illegal occupation on Jammu and Kashmir.

It was on this day in 1947 when Indian troops had invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total disregard to the partition plan of the Subcontinent and against the aspirations of the Kashmiris. The United Nations Security Council passed several resolutions mandating a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to determine the future of the territory but India never accepted it. India is controlling Kashmir through its army and its brutalities against the innocent people have been continuing for years to crush their right to self-determination.

Kashmirs mark October 27 as black day every year to ask the world for pressurising India for their self-determination right.

A big number of Kashmirs held protest against Indian aggression in front of Lahore Press Club on Monday. Kashmir Centre Lahore organised the event. Leader of Pakistan Peoples’ Party AJK Lahore, PML-N AJK Lahore, Jamaat-e-Islami AJK Punjab, JUI AJK Lahore, Kashmir Journalist Forum, Jammu Kashmir Lawyers’ Forum, Kashmir Study Forum, Moharjreen Ladakh Forum, different colleges and universities students, representatives of other political and religious parties, civil society, minorities and large number of people from different walks of life attended the protest against India.  They chanted slogans for self-determination right in Indian held Kashmir and demanded the UNO and world powers for pushing India for their basic right of self-determination.

Known minority leader J.Salik, Director Kashmir Centre Sardar Sajid Mahmood, MPA Farzana Nazir, Ghulam Mohiuddin Dewan, Naseebullah Gardezi, Ghulam Abbas Mir and other leaders addressed the protestors.

They said that Kashmiris would never compromise their self-determination right. Days were not so ahead when the Kashmiris would get rid of Indian brutalities on them and would be the part of Pakistan, they said. The torch of struggle against Indian illegal occupation was now in hands of third generation of Kashmiris and they would continue their fight till the freedom from Indian cruelties, said the leaders.

Media reported that call for the shutdown had been given by Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by other pro-freedom organizations and the High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory.