KARACHI.: Pakistan will observe a black day on Thursday (as we speak), on the event of India’s Independence Day, to sentence the unlawful annexation of the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by New Delhi and categorical solidarity with the individuals of the disputed territory within the wake of the humanitarian disaster that has developed there following 10 consecutive days of curfew and communications blockade.
The black day will probably be noticed by flying the nationwide flag at half-mast and staging rallies throughout the nation.
Pakistan celebrated its personal Independence Day on Wednesday as Kashmir Solidarity Day to reaffirm its assist to the Kashmiris being subjected to atrocities by the hands of the occupying Indian forces.
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Earlier this month, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities, in an unlawful try to alter the demography of the disputed territory, stripped the area of its semi-autonomous standing by revoking Article 370 of the Indian structure, paving the best way for outsiders to purchase land and settle within the occupied valley.
India lower communications and imposed a curfew within the valley on August 4, a day earlier than its shock presidential decree to strip the area of its particular standing.
The communication blackout continued for the 10th straight day on Wednesday as Web and phone hyperlinks remained lower off, with strict restrictions on the media.
The continual curfew has prompted a extreme scarcity of important commodities together with meals objects and life-saving medicines within the valley.
Tens of hundreds of troop reinforcements have been deployed to the principle metropolis of Srinagar and different cities and villages, turning the picturesque metropolis right into a abandoned warren of barbed wire and barricades.
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Nonetheless, the lockdown has not fully prevented protests.
In response to residents round 8,000 individuals took half in an indication after Friday prayers, with safety forces firing tear fuel and pellet-firing shotguns to interrupt up the rally.
The occupying forces eased restrictions quickly on Sunday to let residents purchase meals and provides for Eid. However safety was tightened once more after protests involving a whole lot of individuals through the day.
Police vans roamed the streets late on Sunday ordering individuals to remain indoors.
For Eid on Monday, the Himalayan area’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, was ordered shut and other people have been solely allowed to wish in smaller native mosques in order that no huge crowds may collect.
Footage filmed by AFP on Monday confirmed a whole lot of individuals protesting within the Soura space of Srinagar, shouting slogans reminiscent of “We would like freedom” and “India return”. Three helicopters repeatedly hovered over the world as protesters jeered and shook fists on the plane.
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On Tuesday the Indian authorities confirmed for the primary time that clashes befell, blaming them on “miscreants” and saying its forces reacted with “restraint”.
Virtually all Hurriyat leaders, together with Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, stay underneath home arrest or in jails, whereas over 900 political leaders and staff, even pro-India politicians together with Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Engineer Abdur Rasheed and Sajjad Lone, have been detained.
Preparations are in full swing to assemble hundreds of individuals in London to protest in opposition to the repealing of the particular standing of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
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The anti-India protest will probably be held exterior the Indian Excessive Fee in London to specific solidarity with the besieged individuals of the valley.
Addressing a press convention, the coordinator of the August 15 anti-India protest and United Kingdom Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) President Raja Fahim Kayani mentioned that they had been working for the reason that final six days to persuade British Kashmiris, Pakistanis and Sikhs to come back out of their houses and observe the black day.
“All political, social and non-governmental organisation staff have been working across the clock in Birmingham, Luton, Bradford, Manchester, Nottingham Watford, London and different areas of South East England to make the anti-India protest a narrative of success,” mentioned Kayani.
“Buses and coaches have been organized to ferry most protesters to London on August 15. Following the siege of greater than 10 million individuals of IOK since August 5 no person is aware of what is going on within the streets of Srinagar,” Kayani mentioned, including that girls and kids from each Sikh and Muslim communities may even be a part of the protest to indicate their concern in opposition to New Delhi’s unlawful and unconstitutional transfer in IOK.
The TeK president additionally expressed anger and mentioned that the protest will expose the fascist regime in India, underneath which greater than 10 million Muslims weren’t allowed to follow their spiritual rights on Eidul Azha.
He mentioned the protest in London goals to create a world strain on New Delhi to raise the siege and curfew in IoK the place persons are going through meals and drugs shortages.
That is the primary time the locking up of mosques and different spiritual locations has taken place for the reason that final 70 years.
The protest will start at midday on August 15 in London.
World Sikh Parliament President Ranjit Singh additionally condemned the Indian authorities’s unlawful annexation of occupied Kashmir.
With further enter from AFP