Kashmiris to observe Jan 26 as 'Black Day': JKSM chief

Altaf Ahmed Bhat thanks PM Imran for showing solidarity with people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir

​ Our Correspondent January 25, 2020
Altaf Ahmed Bhat thanks PM Imran for showing solidarity with people of Occupied Kashmir. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) President Altaf Ahmad Bhat has said that Kashmiri people will observe January 26 as a 'Black Day' and boycott all official celebrations to mark India's Republic Day on Sunday.

"India claims to be a large democracy in the world but virtually stands exposed in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and as it has been trampling all basic and fundamental rights for the past 72 years," Bhat said in a statement on Saturday.

India has no right to celebrate its Republic Day as they have invaded Jammu and Kashmir with its military, the statement added, referring to the August 5 illegal move when New Delhi revoked the autonomous status of the occupied region.

He strongly condemned the brutal crackdown of the occupying forces on Kashmiris particularly ahead of the Indian Republic Day, which the Kashmiris across the world observe as the Black Day every year.

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The Kashmiri rights activist expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating health of detained Kashmiri political leaders and demanded their immediate release from the illegal detention.

The JKSM president also thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan for expressing solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

PM Imran had urged the Pakistanis to take to streets on February 5, Kashmir Day, in support of the people of IOK "who have been besieged by 900k Indian soldiers for almost six months by the fascist racist Modi regime".

Bhat said the result-oriented dialogue process was a need of the hour to resolve the Kashmir dispute and establish peace in the region.

"This is the time for the intervention of United Nations," he added.


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