Participants of a rally in Peshawar chant slogans against Indian atrocities in Kashmir. — White Star
Participants of a rally in Peshawar chant slogans against Indian atrocities in Kashmir. — White Star

PESHAWAR: The district administration and different organisations observed a black day here on Saturday to express solidarity with the people of India-held Kashmir against the occupation of their region by the Indian forces in 1947.

The district administration held a rally outside the Peshawar Press Club.

Deputy commissioner Dr Imran Hamid Shaikh led it, while officials of the education and local government departments, representatives of religious groups, and members of Kashmiri community attended it.

The participants held banners and placards inscribed with slogans against India over the occupation of Kashmir.

CM seeks negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute

They demanded the United Nations resolve the longstanding dispute in line with the desires of the people of occupied Kashmir.

The DC condemned India over the dispute and said Kashmir was part of Pakistan and no force could separate them.

He said the people of Pakistan fully supported the demand of Kashmiris for the right to self-determination and that Kashmiris would get freedom soon. The students of Science Superior College also observed the black day and vowed to continue supporting the Kashmir cause saying Kashmir is part of Pakistan.

Another event was arranged by the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, where Peshawar district president of the party Maulana Khairul Bashar, general secretary Saeed Khan and Maulana Hussain Ahmed Madni were the key speakers.

The speakers condemned India for occupying Kashmir and said the occupation forces had killed at least 80,000 innocent Kashmiris during struggle for right to freedom.

They urged the United Nations to play due role in the freedom of Kashmiris.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan said Oct 27, 1947 was undisputedly the blackest day in the history of mankind.

In a statement issue here, he said the Indian aggression against innocent Kashmiris wrote a new chapter of tyranny, barbarism, aggression and atrocities.

“I condemn in the strongest words the suppression and atrocities of Indian approach towards Kashmiris andreaffirm to continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the plebiscite to the innocent people of Kashmir,” he said.

The CM said the Indian forces entered Kashmir in Oct 1947 to deprive the local residents of their right to self-determination.

“Seventy-one years down the line, the people of Kashmir are on the receiving end, which is condemnable. The Indian forces are mercilessly killing Kashmiris,” he said.

The CM said the only fault of Kashmiris was that they were making a struggle for liberation from Indian illegal occupation.

He said he hoped that Kashmiris would soon win freedom.

“I ask international community to support the Kashmir cause and rescue Kashmiris from barbarism and atrocities of India,” he said. The CM said Indians had adopted a double standard on the Kashmir issue.

He sought a negotiatedsettlement of the Kashmir dispute saying this will the first step towards ensuring durable peace in the region.

The CM asked the international community to play due role in the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.

Published in Dawn, October 28th, 2018

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