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India’s Independence Day: Kashmiris observe Black Day today

SRINAGAR: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world observe India’s Independence Day as Black Day today, the Kashmir Media Service reported.

The day will be marked by a complete strike in occupied Kashmir, a call for which has been jointly given by the Hurriyat leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Protest rallies and different events will be held in the territory and in world capitals to highlight the varying dimensions of the Kashmir dispute and Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris.

The Hurriyat leadership has appealed to teachers, students and their parents to boycott all events related to India’s Independence Day.

“We are not against the freedom of any country and will provide them a chance to decide the future by allowing independent plebiscite in Kashmir, till then it doesn’t have any moral and constitutional right to organize the freedom celebrations in the territory,” the joint leadership said in a statement.

“India itself attained freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947 and became an independent country but only after 72 days of this freedom, this country snatched the freedom rights of the Kashmiri people and forcibly occupied this region by landing its troops on October 27 and since then this occupation continues,” it said.

The joint leadership added that the Kashmiri people’s demand for right to self-determination is a purely democratic demand and despite India promising to fulfill this demand on the national as well as international levels, it has backtracked from the promises.