India’s Independence Day in Kashmir

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Indian Independence Day, 15 August, as Black Day to convey to the world that the people of Kashmir have yet to exercise their birth right to self-determination.

Call for the observance of the Day had been given by the APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani and all other liberation leaders and groups.

The occupation authorities had made unprecedented arrangements to thwart anti-India protest demonstrations on the day, imposing curfew in several cities and towns. Police and paramilitary troops had sealed all the roads leading to the Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar, the main venue for the official function, while sharp shooters had been deployed on the top of various buildings in different areas in the city.

In a daring deed, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of local police hurled a shoe at the puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah when he was taking salute after unfurling the Indian flag at Bakhshi Stadium in Srinagar. After hurling the shoe, the police officer raised a black flag shouting the slogan, “We want freedom". Indian troops immediately took him into custody.

On the other hand, Indian troops, in their fresh acts of state terrorism, martyred two more innocent youth one each of them in Kupwara and Rajouri areas. Two persons including a teenager were killed when Indian police fired upon protestors in Narbal and Islamabad. Protests continued in Banihal area of Ramban district.

In Muzaffarabad, the APHC-AJK staged a protest outside the Press Club against Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. A memorandum was presented to the United Nations Observers’ Office on the occasion.

And in Brussels, hundreds of Kashmiris and their sympathizers staged a peaceful protest demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy to protest against the gross human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. Addressing the demonstrators, the Chairman of Kashmir centre Brussels, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo expressed his anguish on the continued occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and denial of Kashmiris’ right of self-determination by India.

Rich tributes paid to Kashmiri leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz

In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders and organisations have paid rich tributes to APHC leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his second martyrdom anniversary being observed, tomorrow (August 11).

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that lacs of Kashmiris had rendered their lives for the Kashmir cause their sacrifices would not be allowed to go waste. He reiterated the pledge to continue the liberation movement till its logical conclusion.

On the other hand, APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Peoples League, Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob in a statement said that Sheikh Abdul Aziz was a committed and dedicated leader whose sacrifice had given a new dimension to the Kashmir liberation struggle.

Illegally detained APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan in his statement appealed the people not to give up the tradition of remembering their benefactors.

Meanwhile, the APHC leader, Yasmeen Raja in her statement issued in Srinagar, while paying homage to Sheikh Abdul Aziz, said that the blood of martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and Kashmiris would continue their mission till its complete success.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R, Farooq Ahmad Dar in his statement paying rich tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz, said that the sacred blood of Kashmiri martyrs would bring positive results and the day would come soon when the people of occupied Kashmir would get rid of Indian bondage.

It is to mention here that it was on August 11, 2008, when Indian army personnel shot dead Sheikh Abdul Aziz, while he was leading a mammoth march towards the Line of Control in the aftermath of the economic blockade against the Kashmir Valley by the Hindu fanatic groups of Jammu.