Message by the President of Pakistan on Kashmir Black Day (27 October 2019)

London:  27th October marks one of the darkest chapters of the Jammu & Kashmir history. On this day, seven decades ago, Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, oppress and terrorize the innocent people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) in blatant violation of international law and morality.

The United Nations Security Council through several of its resolutions has validated the Kashmiris' right to decide their future through a fair and impartial plebiscite. Despite its commitment to the international community to enforce these resolutions, India has embarked on a path of punitive suppression and pathological genocide that continues to this day.

Since 5th August 2019 India has launched a new wave of oppression against the people of IOJ&K. Use of torture, enforced disappearances and restriction on freedom of movement and assembly has become the new normal. The unspeakable curfew and media blackout that has now been ongoing for almost three months speaks volumes about India's approach towards handling dissent. India does not realize that it is impossible to crush the spirit of a people once they commit to the achievement of their freedom.

Today we pay homage to the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters in IOJ&K and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast political, moral, diplomatic support for the noble cause of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. This support will continue till the realization of their lawful right to self-determination.

October 27, 2019

Last updated: October 27, 2019

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