Pakistanis on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world held demonstrations to mark the anniversary of what they termed India’s invasion and occupation of Kashmir on Oct 27, 1947, reports said.
The day will be observed as a ‘black day’ to protest against India’s illegal occupation of the disputed Himalayan territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Both Pakistan and Kashmiris have reportedly claim that the Indian move was in total violation of the British Partition Plan under which Muslim majority states in sub-continent had to go with Pakistan.
The Pakistani nation stands united with the Kashmiri people in their struggle for right to self-determination, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said Monday.
“The hearts and minds of all Pakistanis are with Kashmiris,” he said at a seminar organised by the Youth Forum for Kashmir at the International Islamic University, Islamabad.
He said thousands of people attended the march in London Sunday to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, Dawn online quoted Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) as saying.
Meanwhile, for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir said, “The Pakistani nation will show solidarity with its Kashmiri brothers by observing a ‘black day’ in all provinces.” However, according to reports, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman has said India should hold a referendum in Kashmir like that held recently in Scotland to solve the issue politically.
Amid, while addressing the session of the United Nations General Assembly recently, the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue and has boldly urged the member countries to force India to abide by the the UN resolutions on Kashmir issue.
He has reportedly said that Pakistan’s “support and advocacy of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is a historic commitment and duty, as a party in the Kashmir dispute.”
In New York, Pakistanis staged a demonstration in front of the UN building. In Brussels, members of the Pakistani community gathered to express solidarity for the cause of Kashmir.
(With inputs from IANS)