MIRPUR (AJK)-As part of the black day, Mirpur city was banged with various anti-India rallies and processions as a protest against illegal Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir for the last 70 years.

All the black day processions later converged into a mammoth protest rally at Shaheed Chowk where speakers reiterated that the people of Jammu & Kashmir never accepted the illegal occupation of their motherland by India nor will accept the same at any cost in the future.

The black day programme was managed by National Events Organising Committee Mirpur district consisting of various private and public representative organisations, social and political parties, journalists’ organisations, District Bar Association, AJK Supreme Court Bar Association and others.

National Events Organising Committee Chairman Ansar Yaqoob chaired the rally held to mark black day against the forcible and illegal occupation of Jammu & Kashmir since October 27, 1947.

Senior officials of Mirpur division and district administration including DC Ansar Yaqoob, SSP Raja Irfan Salim, ADC (G) Raja Farooq Akram, and the heads and subordinates of various private and public sector nation building institutions and other officials also participated in the rally to mark protest against the continued forced Indian occupation of bulk of Jammu Kashmir state.

Hundreds of people from all walks of life including social and political workers, members of the business community, lawyers, journalists, employees of government and non-government organisation, students, teachers, human rights activists thronged the roads to join the protest rally to mark the black day, observed throughout AJK besides occupied Kashmir and rest of the world.

The protest rallies were the hallmark of the black day in all small and major towns at either side of the Line of Control to express complete dissociation from India and to apprise the world of the continued Indian brutalities unleashed against the innocent Jammu Kashmir fighting against the forcible Indian rule.

Wearing black arm bands and holding black flags, the speakers strongly condemned the forcible occupation of bulk of Jammu and Kashmir by India at the might of its occupying eight lakh military and paramilitary troops in the Indian-Held state.

They said that by observing October 27 as black day the people of Jammu & Kashmir reiterated their complete dissociation from and hatred with the Indian occupation.

They recalled that 70 years ago, India occupied the state of Jammu & Kashmir by forcibly landing its troops at Srinagar Airport against the aspirations of the people of the state thereby violating all the international norms and commitments.

Since then, Indian troops have turned the paradise on the earth into a hell by unleashing the bloodshed of over five hundred thousand innocent people of the state, they pointed out.

The speakers continued that the people of Jammu & Kashmir rendered massive sacrifices for the sacred cause and will continue the same spirit with high morale till their freedom struggle reached its logical end. They vehemently condemned the massive human rights abuses being committed by the Indian occupying forces in Held Kashmir.

They called upon India to show realistic approach towards early peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict to ensure emergence of everlasting and durable peace in South Asia. They urged India to immediate withdraw its troops from occupied Jammu & Kashmir to pave the way for holding of the plebiscite in the State under the auspices of the United Nations for settlement of Kashmir dispute.

“It is long cherished demand of the Kashmiris that they should be granted their birth right to decide about their future under the spirit of internationally-acknowledged UN resolutions,” they said. The speakers also condemned the continued human rights abuses at the hands of the Indian occupation forces in occupied Jammu Kashmir. They urged the international community to perform their due responsibilities to get the Indian state terrorism and violence stopped in the held state.

They reiterated the Kashmiris’ just and principled stance that they would continue their struggle for right to self-determination till the achievement of the ultimate goal. They particularly highlighted the reality with the earnest demand about early grant of their birth right to self-determination without further delay.

They urged upon the world community to take immediate note of the continued hostile attitude of India trying to escape from the peaceful solution to Kashmir dispute through its traditional aggressive posture in the form of the unprovoked firing and violations of the ceasefire on the LoC and the Working Boundary. They called upon the major global powers to compel India to ensure dialogue with Pakistan for early peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue besides all the other bilateral differences without further delay.