Kashmiris observe India’s Republic Day as Black Day
Qureshi says black laws on the rise in India
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed India’s Republic Day as Black Day on Tuesday to send a loud and clear message to the world and India that the Kashmiris reject Indian illegal occupation and struggling to secure their right to self-determination.
The call for the observance of the Black Day was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations, Kashmir Media Service reported.
The day was marked by a complete strike and shutdown in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and world capitals. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road.
The practice of observing January 26 as Black Day by Kashmiris keeps reminding the world that India is a usurper and the sufferings and miseries of the Kashmiri people will only end when the last Indian soldier leaves Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said in India’s ‘so-called democracy’, the secularism was on decline with black law being imposed aimed at targeting minorities in the country.
“Instead of strengthening democracy, more black laws are being implemented across India as Hindutva ideology emerges stronger with each passing day,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement on India’s Republic Day.
The Foreign Minister said January 26 was observed as ‘Black Day’ all over the world as protest against the heinous policies of Bharatia Janta Party (BJP) government.
He said the amendments in India’s constitution denied the identity of Kashmiris. “Kashmiris in India and across the globe are marking the Black Day because India has taken away their basic constitutional rights,” he said.
Qureshi said foreign media and international human rights organizations had started exposing the atrocities of Indian security forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said India’s economy was further deteriorating due to negative policies of the BJP government.
The Foreign Minister said minorities in today’s India felt insecure, particularly Muslims, Bengalis and Dalits.
Besides Pakistan, Qureshi said India’s attitude towards the neighbouring countries including Nepal, China and Bangladesh had worsened the diplomatic ties.