Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Friday called for a state-wide shutdown on October 27 and appealed people to observe the day as “black day”.
In a statement, Geelani also urged people to wave black flags in “every nook and corner of the state”.
“By observing October 27 as black day, we must give a clear message to world that Kashmiris are still resisting the military occupation of India and will continue the struggle till the last occupational soldier remains on this land,” Geelani said.
He said we must deliver a strong message to world community that the people of Kashmir will accept “nothing less than freedom from India which has occupied the territory illegally”.
“68 years ago, on this day, the Indian military without any constitutional or moral justification forcibly occupied the territory of Jammu and Kashmir and since then it is involved in the worst kinds of human rights violations in the state,” he said.
“To suppress the genuine demands of the people, these occupational forces have killed more than half a million Kashmiris and subjected about 10,000 persons to custodial disappearances. More than 7000 unmarked graves came to fore in the valley where Indian forces had buried those killed in custodies,” he added.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that on October 27, 1947, India “usurped the basic right of Kashmiris by annexing the state against their wishes and aspirations”.
Terming the signing of the “Instrument of Accession” by the then Maharaja Hari Singh with India as “disputed, undemocratic and unauthentic”, Syed Ali Geelani said the researchers have raised numerous questions over the authenticity and legitimacy of the so-called accession documents.
“One more point vis-a-vis the ‘Instrument of Accession’ is that the Maharaja had no right to enforce his own will upon the people as he didn’t enjoy the mandate of his subjects who were already in protest against the regime,” Geelani said.
The Kashmir High Court Bar Association said that Indian troops on 27 October 1947 landed in Kashmir against the wishes of the people.
“They annexed the state on the basis of a forged and fraudulent Instrument of Accession and since then have not vacated our soil despite more than 18 resolutions of U.N. Security Council and the promises and assurances made by Indian leaders and its government,” a spokesman of the lawyers’ body said in a statement.
He said the association believes that at a time when India was trying to become a permanent member of the Security Council, it is imperative upon the world forum to first implement the UN Security Council resolutions and give the people the right of self-determination to choose about their future.
“India should aspire for becoming a permanent member of Security Council only after implementing the resolution otherwise it would be a violation of the UN Charter which enjoins upon each member state to cooperate with the UN and implement its decisions for establishing peace and order in the world and between the community nations,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman said that the association also feels that it was essential for the world body to fulfill its obligation and pressurize New Delhi to hold plebiscite in Kashmir to “avoid a nuclear warfare” between India and Pakistan.