January 2003 News

Kashmiris observe black day

26 January 2003
The News International

ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris living on both sides of Line of Control besides those in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world observed India's republic day on Sunday as black day.In Azad Kashmir, protest rallies, meetings and processions were organised to condemn India's illegal stranglehold over occupied Kashmir. The biggest function was organised in Muzaffarabad, which was addressed by Azad Kashmir's senior Minister Syed Mumtaz Ali Gilani besides prominent Kashmiri leaders representing different political parties.The speakers at the gathering appealed to the international community to help stop the carnage in held Kashmir by recognising the legitimate freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir. They said the presence of 800,000 Indian troops in held Kashmir has exposed India's so-called secularism and hollowness of its claims to democracy.In Islamabad, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Azad Kashmir Chapter, organised a big sit-in in front of Indian High Commission. APHC Convenor, Syed Yousaf Nasim led the sit-in. APHC leaders Syed Yousaf Nasim, Ghulam Muhammad Saffi, Professor Muhammad Ashraf Saraf, Muhammad Siddiq Ganai, Altaf Hussain Qadri, Mir Tahir Masood, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi and Abdul Majid Malik addressed the gathering.Condemning India's growing brutalities against the people of Kashmir, they warned India to refrain from such coercive tactics as the Kashmiris' principled freedom struggle cannot be suppressed through brute force. They emphasised that imprisonment of Kashmiri leaders and bloodshed of people cannot detract their struggle from its chosen path. The more India perpetrates cruelties the more the freedom movement will push forward, they emphasised.Other Kashmiri leaders representing various political and religious outfits also addressed the rally. They reiterated the resolve to continue their struggle till Kashmir's' accession to Pakistan.Meanwhile, British Kashmiris also held a peaceful demonstration in front of Indian High Commission here in London on Sunday and urged New Delhi to prevent a potential nuclear holocaust in South Asia by solving Kashmir issue.The demonstration was organised by Kashmir International Coordination Committee, UK, a conglomeration of over 12 Kashmiri organisations here to observe Indian republic day today as black day and condemn its massive human rights abuses in held Kashmir.


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