Kashmiris observing India’s independence day as black day

SRINAGAR: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LOC) and the world over are observing the Indian Independence Day, today, as Black Day to register a protest against New Delhi’s forcible and illegal occupation of their motherland, according to Kashmir Media Service (KMS).

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The day is being marked by a complete shutdown in Indian Ilegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), call for which has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

Black flags are hoisted everywhere while protest rallies are being organised against the gross human rights violations by Indian troops in the territory.

Meanwhile, the occupation authorities have converted the Kashmir Valley, particularly Srinagar, into a military garrison. A multi-layer security arrangement with both ground and aerial surveillance has been thrown across the territory. The Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar, the venue of the official function, has been fortified with the deployment of paramilitary troops, new bunkers and barricades.

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, anti-India rallies are being held in all small and major cities including capital city of Muzafaarabad and all other district headquarters of Mirpur, Kotli, Bagh, Bhimbher, Palandri, Rawalakot, Haveli, Jhelum Valley and Neelam valley by people from all walks of life to highlight the plight of innocent Kashmiris living under Indian occupation.

Despite restrictions, on August 14, the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir observed Pakistan’s Independence Day with great enthusiasm and devotion. Youth gathered in small groups and chanted pro-Pakistan slogans at different places in the Kashmir valley. In some areas, people even hoisted Pakistani flags on the their houses. As the clock struck 12 in the midnight, the Kashmiris burst firecrackers to express their joy on Pakistan’s Independence Day without any fear.

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) President Farooq Abdullah addressing an event in Srinagar said, the Bharatiya Janata Party is facing unprecedented public resentment across Jammu and Kashmir owing to its anti-poor, anti-middle class policies and tax terrorism imposed on the Kashmiris.

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