Kashmir Black Day

Observance of "Kashmir Black Day" to Show Solidarity with People of Indian Held Kashmir

A seminar was organized at the Embassy on 30 October 2016 to observe the Kashmir Black Day. It was attended by University Professors, Students, Media Personnel, members of Pakistan-Egypt Friendship Association and Pakistani Community.

The ceremony began with Recitation from the Holy Quran. The messages of The President and Prime Minister on the occasion were read out. A short documentary was screened to sensitize the audience on the issue of Kashmir and human rights violations committed by Indian occupation forces. Speakers at the seminar included Scholars, Academicians and Journalist.

Ambassador Fathi Yousef, President Pakistan-Egypt Friendship Association reiterated the support of Association for the just cause of self-determination of Kashmiri people and called upon the Indian Government to engage with Pakistan for meaningful dialogue for resolution of Kashmir dispute.

Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Ibrahim, Head of Urdu Department, Al-Azhar University read out a letter written by a Kashmiri to the Arab world asking for help. He said that the young Kashmiri describes the sufferings of his people and aspiration for freedom and at the same time expresses understanding of contemporary situation in the Arab World.

Al Sayed Hany, South Asian Specialist and Deputy Chief Editor of leading Arabic daily ' Al - Gamhouria' highlighted the double standard being adopted by India since partition and in the implementation of UN resolutions. He denounced the Indian rejection of third part mediation for just resolution of Kashmir issue. The Al- Gamhouria in its print edition of today also published his article on Kashmir issue.

Mr. Samir Hussain, a Freelance Journalist and the Chief Editor of the website asyanews.com stressed that Kashmir was an issue of the whole Muslim ummah and not of Pakistan only. The Muslim Umma therefore should play its role to resolve this long standing issue.

Dr. Hanna Abdel Fattah, Professor of Al-Azhar University called on Muslim countries to exert pressure on India by boycotting India economically. This will compel India to come to the negotiations table. She also appealed to the Islamic world to play its role for resolution of longstanding issues of Kashmir and Palestine.

Ambassador Mushtaq Ali Shah in his concluding remarks termed Indian claim of surgical strike as wishful thinking. He said that the Government of Pakistan would continue to sensitize the world about Kashmir issue and the grave human rights violations committed by the Indian forces in IOK. He expressed Government of Pakistan’s unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support in their just struggle for self- determination.

Kashmir, Haunting the Conscience of Humanity

Unless the continuing unspeakable atrocities in Occupied Kashmir are immediately stopped and until a just and durable solution to the long-standing Kashmir dispute is found, Kashmir will continue to haunt the conscience of humanity

Published October 27, 2016

The street outside is patrolled by riot police officers in camouflage, bracing for the nightly spasm of violence, but it is quiet here inside the operating room. The surgeon's knife slides into an eyeball as if it were a soft fruit.

The patient's eyelids have been stretched back with a metal clamp, so his eyeball bulges out of glistening pink tissue. The surgeon sits with his back very straight, cutting with tiny movements of his fingers. Every now and then, a thread of blood appears in the patient's eye socket. The patient is 8 years old.This is how a New York Times report recently described the ordeal of an 8-year-old Kashmiri child, Asif Sheikh, undergoing his third eye operation in a Srinagar hospital.

Asif Sheikh is one of the hundreds of victims of indiscriminate use of pellet gunshots, employed by military forces in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir to quell the latest intifada, which intensified on July 8 with the extra-judicial killing of a Kashmiri youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Defying the curfew, hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris poured into the streets after his funeral in a spontaneous outburst of anger against the cold-blooded methods being used by the occupying forces. The response to this Kashmiri outburst of anger, grief and frustration was, again, characteristic of what they have faced under occupation for decades.

Live ammunition, pellet gunshots and tear gas were directed indiscriminately at protestors, and for that matter anyone in the vicinity, including by-standers and on-lookers, like young Asif Sheikh. They were baton-charged and dragged on the streets. Ambulances transporting those injured were stopped and attacked. Hospital and clinics providing medical aid were raided and medical staff and doctors harassed. Kashmiri leaders were arrested or put under detention. Media and independent human rights observers were denied access to the region. For months, Jammu & Kashmir has remained a virtual black hole under a crippling curfew.

In what is in complete contravention of all moral, ethical, humanitarian and human rights principles, pellet gunshots have been directed at protestors' faces. There have been over 700 victims of severe eye injuries from the use of pellet guns alone, many of them as young as Asif Sheikh.

Most of these victims will never see the light of day again, being permanently blinded. Others will spend their remaining lives living under the shadows of impaired vision and psychological trauma.

On Sept. 17, 11-year-old Nasir Shafi's pellet-ridden body was found in Harwan. Nasir Shafi had gone missing a day earlier when protestors from his village were chased by Indian security forces.

After witnessing the tell-tale signs of yet another unspeakable atrocity, thousands of Kashmiris again took to the streets for the young boy's funeral, despite the curfew. While they carried the little coffin of Nasir Shafi, defiance was etched on their faces and tears rolled down their cheeks - for the smallest coffins are the heaviest to bear! As they raised slogans against the unending cycle of oppression, they had one question: How many more funerals would they have to shoulder before the international community hears their voices?

The pictures of crimson-colored, blood-drenched eyes of victims and wailing mothers over the coffins of their young sons are enough to send shudders down one's spine.

Yet, this is a mere glimpse of what Kashmiris have endured under occupation for almost 70 years now, merely for asking for what they had been promised not only by the United Nations Security Council but also by India itself - the right to self-determination.

Since 1990, an estimated 94,000 Kashmiris have lost their lives in their just struggle, many in the custody of the occupying forces. Thousands of mass graves have been discovered. More than 10,000 women have been raped and molested. Jammu & Kashmir remains one of the most heavily militarized zones in the world with an estimated 700,000 Indian military and para-military personnel stationed in the disputed territory.

Still, according to Amnesty International, not a single member of the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir over the past 25 years has been tried for human rights violations in a civilian court. The "draconian" laws enforced by the occupying authorities provide complete impunity to the perpetrators.

On Oct. 27, Kashmiris in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir as well as millions across the world observe "Black Day" - to mark that infamous day in 1947, when the overwhelmingly Muslim Jammu & Kashmir was forcibly and illegally occupied by India, against the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiris.

Today, Kashmiris across the globe would once again appeal to the international community to fulfill its moral responsibility to help bring an end to the gross violations of human rights in Jammu & Kashmir. They would call for the implementation of the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions that declare that the final disposition of the State of Jammu & Kashmir be made in accordance with the will of the Kashmiri people, expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21, Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, on behalf of the Kashmiri mothers, wives, sisters, and fathers of the innocent Kashmiri children; women and men who have been killed, blinded and injured; and on behalf of the Pakistani nation, demanded an independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings in Jammu & Kashmir and a UN fact-finding mission to investigate brutalities perpetrated by the occupying forces.

He also demanded the immediate release of all Kashmiri political prisoners, an end to the curfew, freedom for the Kashmiris to demonstrate peacefully, urgent medical help for the injured, abrogation of draconian laws and removal of the foreign travel ban on Kashmiri leaders. Above all, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for implementation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions that provide for the exercise of the right to self-determination by the people of Jammu & Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite under U.N. auspices.

It is clear that unless the continuing unspeakable atrocities in Occupied Kashmir are immediately stopped and until a just and durable solution to the long-standing Kashmir dispute is found, Kashmir will continue to haunt the conscience of humanity.

Hopefully, the international community will not fail the Kashmiri people again. And, hopefully, when the bandages are removed from the eyes of little Asif Sheikh, he will not only be able to see the faces of his loved ones around him, but also his generation will one day see the colors of freedom.

Protest held against human rights violations in Kashmir

October 30, 2016 Editor

VIENNA: Pakistan Community Forum Austria organised a protest demonstration on Saturday 29th October against the violation of fundamental human rights and the killings in Indian adminstrated Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir).

Around 70/80 activist from different NGO’s of the Pakistani Community in Austria gathered in front of Austrian Parliament and started chanting against the rights violation in Indian held Kashmir and "we want freedom".

They raised slogans and placards against the rights violation in Kashmir by Indian security forces. After some 40 minutes they walked towards the Indian Embassy in the City Centre (Karlsplatz). They stayed there more then one hour. Some community representative deliver their speeches and highlighted the human rights violation in Kashmir.

They were also waving Pakistani Flags and raising the slogans “Pakistan Zindabad (Long live Pakistan). There was also a Turkish-Flag with some turkish people who showed their solidarity with Kashmiri people.

Police escorted the demo throughout its procession which ended peacefully at Kalrsplatz at around 3 pm, as permitted.

Kashmir Black Day 27 October 2016, Embassy of Pakistan Tunis

Consulate General of Pakistan Mashhad (Iran), Black Day event

Canadians express solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir

Toronto, Canada (Saturday November 05, 2016): Hundreds of Canadians from all walks of life gathered in Toronto on Saturday to observe Kashmir Black Day.

He went on: “Despite deploying 700,000 heavily armed troops in Kashmir, India has failed to crush the people's aspirations for freedom in almost 70 years. Instead, people have become more determined to rid themselves of the ruthless occupiers.”

Ken Stone, member of the Canadian Peace Alliance, drew parallels between the Zionist occupation of Palestine and Indian occupation of Kashmir and expressed regret that the plight of the Kashmiris is not as well known as that of the Palestinians. He called for mobilizing Canadian public opinion against the illegal occupation and suggested that from now on, at public rallies the slogan, “From Kashmir to Palestine, Occupation is a crime” should be popularized.

Speakers also shed light on the current situation in Kashmir with Faiza Khawaja, a young student originally from Kashmir, giving details of the latest uprising in the aftermath of the extrajudicial killing of the young Kashmir freedom fighter Burhan Wani on July 8.

Canadian author Eric Walberg touched on the regional and global dimensions of the Kashmir dispute. He pointed out that India's heightened belligerence is not only due to the realization that it has lost Kashmir but that Pakistan’s strategic importance has increased with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This economic agreement is a game-changer and will have profound implications for the entire region including Central Asia and beyond.

Phil Taylor, who presents the Taylor Report on CIUT Radio in Toronto, pointed to the fact that colonialism had been replaced by neo-colonialism and that Western powers continued to manipulate other societies to advance their own agendas. Kashmir was the victim of this phenomenon but he stressed that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have already had their referendum with their feet by coming out in such massive numbers on the streets and refusing to surrender to the occupation forces.

The message of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were presented by the Pakistani Consul General in General in Toronto, Imran Ahmed Siddiqui following which Zafar Bangash presented a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the conference participants.

It was also stressed that efforts to highlight the cause of the Kashmiri people will continue with even greater determination until such times as the people of Kashmir gain their right to hold a referendum to determine their own future.

Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Highlights Grave Human Rights Violations and Brutalities in IOK During Visit to Tokyo

Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal visited Tokyo to participate in the World Marketing Summit (11-12 October). On the margins of the summit, the Minister also held meetings with Chairman Japan Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship League (JPPFL) Mr Seishiro Eto, Secretary General of Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Dr. Santhi Kanoktanaporn, Governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Mr. Akira Kondoh, Japanese Business Corporations of global reach and interacted with media persons as well. Separately, the Minister also met with members of Pakistani diaspora in Japan.

In his meetings and media interaction, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal underlined the humanitarian plight of the Kashmiris particularly atrocities committed by India in IOK. He especially highlighted the inhuman and brutal use of pellet guns and other prohibited weapons by the Indian Occupation Forces to suppress the voice of the Kashmiri people. He also stated that Kashmir issue was an unfinished agenda of decolonization and the ongoing movement was absolutely indigenous led by young Kashmiris.

The Minister stressed that Kashmiris were exercising their democratic right to protest against the continued suppression of their legitimate right to self-determination as promised by the United Nations Security Council in its various resolutions and called upon the international Community to take notice of the horrific situation and play its role in helping them to secure their democratic rights just as in Timor-Leste and South Sudan.

Unity of Diaspora Stressed at Black Day Observed at Pakistan Embassy Brussels

Unity among the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora was imperative to highlight the Kashmir cause and earn unequivocal support from the European institutions and policy makers. These views were expressed by the speakers at an event organized by the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir on the Black Day. October 27th is observed as Black Day to mark the landing of Indian forces of occupation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Representatives from all walks of life expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Prominent among the speakers were Chairman Kashmir Council EU, Ali Raza Syed, Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, European Union and Luxembourg Mrs. Naghmana A. Hashmi, Ambassador Tariq Osman Hyder, Dr. Manzoor Zahoor Elahi Member Parliament (Brussels), Ms. Shazia Manzoor Councilor and Ms. Ramisha Khan. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read by Economic Minister Mr. Omar Hameed and Second Secretary Ms. Sarah Ijaz respectively. One minute silence was observed to pay tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir and those of recent attacks on Police Academy Quetta. Fateha was also offered for them.

Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed commended Pakistan’s continued moral support on the principled stand of Kashmiris for their right to self- determination. He called upon Pakistani diaspora living in Belgium to use their influence to draw attention of their elected representatives in the parliament towards the much desired role of European Union and Belgian government for the peaceful solution of Kashmir issue.

He asserted that immediate attention was needed to check on-going human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir, which have been documented by several human rights organizations. Syed further said that the movement of Kashmiri people has gained such a momentum that it couldn’t be suppressed by the brutal use of force by the Indians. He added that Kashmir was now resonating with the slogan 'now or never'.

Ambassador Mrs. Naghmana A. Hashmi stressed for unity among Pakistani diaspora, stating that unequivocal commitment to Kashmir cause was needed to harness international support to resolve the conflict according to the resolutions of United Nations.

"The biggest contribution that Pakistani community could make at this time was to bring into the notice of their respective elected representatives the unprecedented scale of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and point of view of the people of Kashmir", she added.

Dr. Manzoor Elahi pointed out that in a society where citizens were bound by law to protect fellow beings from victimization, support of people of Kashmir was justified and needed attention of policy makers. He assured that he would continue to bring into the notice at highest possible level, atrocities being committed by Indian forces of occupation on innocent Kashmiri freedom fighters.

Ramisha Khan a young student of KU Leuven narrated the story of young Kashmiri girl highlighting the horrific state of affairs being suffered by many young people particularly women in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Kashmir Black Day

The Embassy of Pakistan held a seminar in connection with ‘Black Day’ (27th October 1947) when the Indian Occupying Forces first set their foot in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The event was well attended. A latest Video Documentary about the ongoing brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was shown to the audience. The gathering was addressed by prominent Pakistani/Kashmiri community members, who highlighted the current human crisis in IOK with continues curfew for more than 100 days and killing/injuring scores of people by the Indian Occupation Forces. The speakers paid rich tribute to the people of IOK for their indigenous struggle for their inherit right of self-determination.

Ambassador Jauhar Saleem read out the messages of President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to the audience and in his remarks he said that the brutal use of force by the Indian Occupying Forces have totally failed to suppress the indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination. He added that IOK has the highest rate of military presence in the world as for every seven Kashmiris there was one Indian soldier. He added that the dispute of Jammu & Kashmir was one of the oldest unresolved issues on the agenda of the United Nations on which it has passed resolution. The non-implementation of the UN resolutions are not only a big question mark on the credibility of the UN itself but is also a test for the international community.

The Ambassador also touched upon the recent cease fire violations of India along the Pak-India Border resulting in killing of innocent civilians. He said such actions of India combined with sponsoring of terrorist/separatist elements in Pakistan are highly detrimental to the already strained relations between the two countries.

At the end the guests were served with Pakistani cuisine.

Also, on the occasion of 69th Kashmir Black Day, Kashmiri / Pakistani community held a protest in front of Indian Embassy in Berlin on 14th October, 2016 and a protest rally in the main Street of Berlin (Kurfürstendamm) on 28th October, 2016. The events were covered by Pakistan /local media.

H.E the Ambassador also met State Secretary, H.E. Mr. Stephan Steilein at the German Federal Foreign Office and apprised him regarding massive Human Rights violations in Kashmir.

No Amount of Indian Aggression can Subdue Kashmiris’ Rightful Struggle for Self- Determination

A large number of Pakistani and Kashmiri community members from Chicago and local academicians gathered at the Consulate to mark Kashmir Black Day. Black Day is observed by Kashmiris all over the world every year to condemn the illegal occupation of their territory by India on October 27th, 1947.This is an occasion to highlight the struggle of the Kashmiris for their right of self-determination and to remember the countless sacrifices of those who had laid down their lives in the quest to attain their inalienable right to freedom.

Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi said that Black Day this year has added significance as Indian Occupied Kashmir is in the state of siege and curfew since July after the cold blooded killing of Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani by Indian security forces. For the last 109 days curfew has been imposed. He pointed out that India has unleashed horror in the valley and has indulged in worst human rights violations which have resulted in the loss of more than 110 lives and injuries to more than 12000.More than 700 people have suffered severe eye injuries while more than 150 have become completely blind due to the use of pellet guns. Consul General also condemned Indian incarceration of leading Hurriyat Conference leaders including Yasin Malik who has been denied appropriate medical help after severe torture at the hands of the military. Consul General urged the participants to spread the account of plight that the Kashmiris are facing in their respective communities so that a narrative can be built against Indian highhandedness and a global opinion could be created to buckle Indian oppression.

Other speakers at the occasion included Mr Rizwan Qadir, Mr Javed Rathore and Dr Murtaza Arain.All the guest speakers emphasized the need to highlight Indian violations of human rights globally and expressed satisfaction on the effective dissemination of the cause by the Government of Pakistan especially during UN General Assembly session this year. The speakers made forceful presentations and urged the participants to remain committed to highlighting the Kashmir issue until it is resolved in the light of the UN Security Council resolutions and as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Discussion also ensued on the current tense situation at the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Consul General informed the audience that India is trying to create war hysteria among the masses which could have dangerous repercussions in the already charged up atmosphere. He underscored that Pakistan is committed to a peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute, however Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as its weakness in the face of any Indian misadventure. He assured the members of the Kashmiri community in Midwest that the Government of Pakistan stands united with Kashmiri brothers and sisters in every step of the way in their valiant struggle for self-determination. Consul General expressed the belief that peaceful resolution of the dispute is the Sine qua non for regional stability and that the world must take pragmatic steps towards this goal instead of empty rhetoric.

Notable in attendance at the event were Dr. Daoud Stephen Casewit, President, American Islamic College, Chicago, Ms Linda Wilks, Amnesty International – Chicago, Imam Mukhtar Faezi, Bait ul Ilm masjid, Mr. Faraz Ahmed, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. Adnan Shafi, Kashmiri-American lawyer (from Srinagar),Ms. Marina Sofi, Kashmiri-American activist (from Srinagar) and Ms. Monica Mori, a University of Chicago alumna, and a permanent fixture in Chicago's literary and academic circles