Kashmiris mark India’s Independence Day as Black Day

Published: August 15, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP

Kashmiris living across the world, including those on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) are observing black day on Saturday as India celebrates its 69th Independence Day, Radio Pakistan reported. 

A complete strike is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir after a call for black day came from several liberation leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Read: Curfew imposed in Indian-occupied Kashmir to prevent Independence Day celebrations

Further, Hurriyat leaders Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Bilal Siddiqi and Syed Bashir Andrabi in a joint statement said, “India had no moral or constitutional justification to celebrate its Independence Day in the disputed territory forcibly occupied by it.”

The call came a day after authorities imposed a curfew in parts of the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir on August 14 to prevent any move by separatists to celebrate Pakistan’s Indepedence Day, police said.

Read: Woman killed by Indian shelling in Kashmir

The restrictions in Srinagar, which included the closure of the city’s main mosque during Friday prayers, were announced on the eve of independence day in both India and Pakistan and follow a recent spike in violence.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • RT
    Aug 15, 2015 - 12:46PM

    Correction : Kashmir valley a small ghetto which no one in India gives a damn about. Independence day was celebrated all over Jammu, Ladakh and other places. Recommend

  • Nust
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Just out of curiosity, does NDTV report this?

    I’m guessing not,Recommend

  • Vakil
    Aug 15, 2015 - 7:08PM

    The bitter truth/reality for Pakistan is that anti-India things in the state happen at only a few places in the main Valley — i.e. some localities of few cities/towns here and there. ‘Restrictions’ are imposed as part of normal law and order process since there are plenty of anti-social elements looking to create chaos and nothing else. Otherwise, these ‘shut-downs’ mean nothing since it is a Public Holiday all over India any way! So what’s the big deal…?Recommend

  • N.S
    Aug 15, 2015 - 7:41PM

    A complete strike is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir after a call for black day came from several liberation leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.Recommend

  • N.S
    Aug 15, 2015 - 7:41PM

    “India had no moral or constitutional justification to celebrate its Independence Day in the disputed territory forcibly occupied by it.”Recommend

  • Kushal
    Aug 24, 2015 - 4:06PM

    Wrong. Indian independence day was celebrated with great zeal and fervor. Kashmiris in places like Jammu, Ladakh and Kargil paid rich tribute to the great nation they are part of. I know that this news will never get published in Pakistani media.Recommend

  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Aug 25, 2015 - 1:05AM

    They could mark it as any <> Day! India is going nowhere from Kashmir. The Kashmiris who do not like to live under the Indian constitution, are free to migrate to their western neighbour; but it will be a oneway ticket.Recommend

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