PR Dubai - The Pakistani-Kashmiri community Friday observed Kashmir Black Day in the United Arab Emirates.

A large number of Pakistani-Kashmiri community congregated in the premises of the Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, to express their solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren and condemn the human rights violations being committed by India.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Ambassador Moazzam A.

 Khan said that Black Day was observed to remind the nation and the world about illegal occupation of Kashmir and highlight the plight of the Kashmiris in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK). He said that, on that day, the people of Pakistan renewed their resolve to continue their support for the Kashmiri brothers and sisters till their legitimate aspirations for realization of right to self-determination is achieved in accordance with the UN resolutions and their wishes.

Ambassador noted that continuous incidents of human rights violations, desecration of human lives, rapes and depriving the children of their eye-sights were against the basic principles of human dignity. He said no state could be allowed to trample the established principles of humanity at the altar of its vested political interests.

H.E. Ambassador Moazzam A. Khan said that the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) could never be regarded as internal issue of India, as the United Nations had already declared the IOK as disputed territory. He said that Pakistan has always forcefully raised the Kashmir issue at all international forums including the UN.

This year, the Prime Minister highlighted the persistent human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) at the UN, terming India's role in the region the "most intense example of foreign occupation".

Pakistan has also urged an "international investigation into India's crimes in Kashmir". He said that the Government of Pakistan would continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the genuine struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination.

The audience was also shown a documentary on the Kashmir Black Day . A photography exhibition was also arranged for the audience. The event concluded with special prayers for the Kashmiri martyrs and success of struggle.

Another public gathering was held at the Consulate General Dubai premises. The event was attended by representatives of the Pakistani-Kashmiri community in UAE.

Addressing the gathering, the Consul General of Pakistan H.E. Syed Javed Hassan traced the history of the issue and urged the international community to value and respect the peaceful struggle of Kashmiris and persuade India to address the longstanding issue of Kashmir through negotiations. He also called upon the international humanitarian organizations to investigate and unearth human rights violations in the occupied territory.

Earlier speakers of the Pakistani-Kashmiri community in UAE highlighted the plight of Kashmiris who were subjected to draconian laws in the occupied territory, resulting in gross human rights violations. The speakers also impressed upon the international community to take note of these flagrant human rights violations in the occupied territory and exert pressure on India for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute according to the terms of UN Security Council resolutions.

A short documentary on human rights violations being committed by the Indian occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir was also screened on the occasion. The event concluded with special prayers for the Kashmiri martyrs and success of the struggle.