Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik on Tuesday urged people of the state to observe August 15 as black day.
In a statement, Malik said that Kashmiris, through their peaceful protests and strike on August 15, try to remind India and the world that Kashmir was still an unresolved issue.
Malik said that the day would be observed as a black day. “Kashmiris by observing complete shutdown on the day will reiterate their commitment towards the freedom struggle,” he said.
Malik reminded India that it gained freedom in 1947 after enormous sacrifices and struggle.
“For achieving freedom Indian nation sacrificed its thousands of men, women and tolerated torture and oppression at the hands of British. The sacrifices given by this nation for freedom should have been enough motivation for the nation and its leadership to recognize and honor the freedom of other nations,” he said.
“India should have been a torch bearer of freedom and champion of human rights but alas it is totally opposite,” he added.
Malik said that only a few days after getting its freedom Indian nation “overpowered a tiny nation called Kashmir and with its military might snatch its freedom and subjugated its people.”
“India subjected Kashmiris to same oppression, tyranny and inhuman treatment that were being done to her by British and that too without any fear or shame,” Malik said.
He said that when Kashmiris resisted this “forced domination” India went to United Nations and promised before the whole world that Kashmiris will be provided a chance to choose their fate.
“Even India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru promised the same in the parliament and at Lal Chowk Srinagar while addressing people. But when Kashmiri’s tried to remind India of its promises they were and are being subjected to worst kind of oppression,” he said.
“For this very purpose Kashmiris living across the globe remember August 15 as a black day,” he added.