Islamabad, Oct 27 (IANS) Pakistan on Sunday observed ‘Black Day’ to express solidarity with Kashmiris to “reject India’s occupation of Kashmir”. It was on this day in 1947 that India took control of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Pakistan media reports, a complete shutdown was observed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and other areas of Pakistan. Rallies, demonstration and marches were carried out in various parts of Pakistan on Sunday, claimed Pakistan media reports.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qurershi said, “not only do we commemorate Kashmiris’ exemplary grit and spirit on the occasion of Kashmir Black Day” but also “reiterate our firm and continued political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of J&K in their struggle.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said this year’s ‘Kashmir Black Day’ is distinct from other years. He said that on Oct 27, 1947, India had occupied Jammu and Kashmir and on Aug 5 of this year, “it took further steps to unilaterally alter the disputed status of the territory and change its demographic structure and identity”.
Khan said that Pakistan demands the “immediate lifting of the curfew and communications blackout as well as rescinding of India’s illegal and unilateral actions in the occupied territory,” reported Radio Pakistan.
In his message, Pakistan President Arif Alvi echoed Khan and said: “Indian forces are perpetrating crimes against Kashmiri people, including women and children, with complete impunity.”
Pakistan’s opposition parties are also with the government on the issue. The Pakistan Muslim League-Namaz (PML-N) held rallies across Pakistan to express solidarity with the Kashmiris.