AJK marks black day

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"This day marks a grave human tragedy in Kashmir when 69 years ago, Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress, and terrorize innocent Kashmiris".

YFK Chief Organiser Tariq Ehsan Ghuari led the rally, starting from the Punjab Assembly and ending at Lahore Press Club.

The rally started from Johnston Terrace Edinburgh and culminated near the Parliament.

October 27, is observed as the Black Day as India forcibly occupied the land of Kashmir on that day and denied the right of self-determination.

While terming the accession of Maharaja Hari Singh with India as controversial, unreliable and undemocratic, the pro-freedom leaders said, that experts on historical events raise several important queries about its authenticity and over its occurrence and moreover late Maharaja had no such mandate from the people of the state.

On the occasion, Anas Sarwar said that Indian forces were blinding Kashmiri youth using pellet guns and over 400 people including children had lost their vision.

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Syed Salahuddin appealed Pakistan to be proactive on political and diplomatic front and make world aware about the human rights violations committed by India in Kashmir.

"The European Union should take notice of the Indian aggression in Indian-occupied Kashmir", Scottish Human Rights Forum President Javed Gill said during the protest. He said that it is a day when people of occupied Kashmir are breathing not in a free space like people of Azad Kashmir so declared it as "Black Day".

President Mamnoon Hussain urged India to implement the United Nations resolutions, saying the peace and prosperity of the entire region is linked with the resolution of the long-standing dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir was completely shut down on Friday to protest the anniversary of the Indian army's arrival in the Valley in 1947, a day separatist leaders described in their statement as "black day and the day of mourning for the Kashmiris".

Senior Minister of AJK, Tariq Farooq said that the people of Kashmir would continue their legal and genuine struggle to break the shackles of slavery.

Turabi also appealed to the United Nations and Scotland to pressure India to stop human rights violations in Kashmir.