Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and all over the world observed the Indian Independence Day on August 15 as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that India continues to deny them their inalienable right to self-determination.
Complete shutdown was marked on the call of joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik. All government offices, business establishments including banks were closed, while roads wore a deserted look in the valley. The authorities imposed curfew and other restrictions in Srinagar, while Indian troops and police personnel were deployed in strength in all major cities and towns of the occupied territory to prevent people from holding anti-India protests.
The continued resistance by the Kashmiris is a clear message to India that no matter how many atrocities they commit the Kashmiri will never bow down and will fight for their right of self determination. Despite the brutal treatment dished out by the Indian authorities the spirits of Kashmiris are higher than ever. The denial of the right to self-determination is not only the negation of the UN Charter and key human rights covenants but also of human dignity.
As India celebrated 70 years of Independence, it needs to pause and reflect about the suffering of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Making mockery of UN’ resolutions should be a matter of concern for the UNSC but it never took the issue seriously. The J&K valley has been illegally occupied by the Indian forces since 1948. There is a dire need to send a clear message to Indians as well the world community that enough is enough.
We believe that the issue be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Our diplomats must remind to the world community about the promises made with the Kashmiris for resolving the issue under the United Nations Security Council resolutions. United Nations Organization is an international organization and if referendum can take place in Scotland than why not in Kashmir.
Despite continued Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir, the spirits of Kashmiris are higher than ever.
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