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Kashmiris observe India’s Independence Day as Black Day

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(Srinagar-AlummahWorld, Dhu-AlQa'dah 01, 1436, August 16, 2015) Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Indian Independence Day on 15 August, as Black Day to convey the message to the international community that India continues to deny them their inalienable right to self-determination, Kashmir media service reported.

The day was marked by complete shutdown, call for which had been given by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other resistance leaders including Mohammad Yasin Malik and Shabbir Ahmad Shah.

The authorities had imposed curfew in Srinagar and deployed Indian troops and police personnel in all major cities and towns of the occupied territory to prevent people from holding anti-India protests. Tight security measures were taken around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the official function in Srinagar. Sharp shooters had been deployed in all sensitive areas and vital installations. Closed circuit TV cameras were used to monitor the movement of people while mobile phone and Internet services were jammed.The authorities continued to put Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Yasmeen Raja, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmed War, Masroor Abbas, Muhammad Yasin Aattai and Ayaz Akbar under house arrest and illegal detention to prevent them from leading anti-India demonstrations. Indian police is conducting raids on the residence of noted human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, after he distributed sweets in Srinagar to celebrate Independence Day of Pakistan, yesterday.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League and the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement held demonstrations in Srinagar, Pulwama and other areas to protest against India’s illegal hold on Jammu and Kashmir. The women wing of Salvation Movement also organized a candlelight vigil in Srinagar to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day, last night.

Shabbir Ahmed Shah, the forum led by Syed Ali Gilani and the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in their statements said that the celebration of Pakistan’s Independence Day with enthusiasm and that of India as Black Day by the Kashmiri people should serve as an eye-opener for New Delhi and the world community. The statements said this showed that the Kashmiris rejected India’s illegal occupation of their homeland and wished to live with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a resolution passed at a roundtable conference, held by the AJK chapter of Syed Ali Gilani’s forum and chaired by its Convener, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, urged India to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. The roundtable was addressed among others by Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Farzana Yaqoob, Shaheen Kausar Dar, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar and Muhammad Farooq Rehmani. The leaders of APHC-AJK chapter held an anti-India demonstration outside the UN Observers’ Office in Islamabad. The people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir held anti-India protests in Muzaffarabad and other areas to mark the Indian Independence Day as Black Day.

Call for the shutdown has been given by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other resistance leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabbir Ahmed Shah. The shutdown is aimed at conveying the message to India that it has no legal and moral justification to celebrate its Independence Day until it gives the Kashmiri people their inalienable right to self-determination.

All shops, business establishments, education institutions and courts remained closed while transport was off the road.The occupation authorities have imposed curfew in Srinagar and stringent restrictions in other towns by deploying heavy contingents of Indian police and troops to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Tight security measures have been taken around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the official function. The police have laid concertina wires and erected barricades on roads running parallel to the Stadium. CCTV cameras are being used for surveillance purpose.

The authorities continue to put Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Yasmeen Raja, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmed War, Masroor Abbas and Ayaz Akbar under house arrest and illegal detention to prevent them from leading the demonstrations.

The puppet authorities have also jammed the mobile phone and Internet services in the occupied territory to stop people from exchanging information about the prevailing situation.
People told mediamen that jamming of these services in the name of the so-called security measure has become a norm on August 15 (India’s Independence Day) and January 26 (India’s Republic Day).