New Delhi: Pakistan observed a complete shutdown called ‘Black Day’ on Sunday in solidarity with the Kashmiris as ways to express rejection of ‘India’s occupation of Kashmir’. On October 27, 1947, India took control of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The shutdown was observed by way of holding rallies, demonstrations and marches in many areas of Pakistan including Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), claimed Pakistan media reports. Pakistan Muslim League-Namaz (PML-N) also participated in the rallies conducted across the country.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was quoted by news agency IANS as saying, “Not only do we commemorate Kashmiris’ exemplary grit and spirit on the occasion of Kashmir Black Day” but also “reiterate our firm and continued political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of J&K in their struggle.”
Imran Khan was further quoted by the report as saying that India had on August 5 of this year taken steps to unilaterally alter J&K’s territory, demographic structure and identity. Besides, Khan, as quoted by Radio Pakistan, had reinstated that Pakistan’s demands include the “immediate lifting of the curfew and communications blackout as well as rescinding of India’s illegal and unilateral actions in the occupied territory.”
Echoing Imran Khan’s message, Pakistan President Arif Alvi stated that the Indian forces are perpetrating crimes against Kashmiri people, including women and children, with complete impunity, as per news agency IANS. It must be noted that even the opposition parties of Pakistan stook with the Pakistan government on the Kashmir issue.