Srinagar: Terming October 27 as a “Black Day” in Kashmir’s history, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday called upon the people of the state to observe a complete shutdown on the day.
In a statement, Mirwaiz said that people should “once again reiterate their stand and send a clear message that their peaceful struggle for the achievement of their basic right, the right to self determination, will continue till the Kashmir issue is not resolved”.
“On October 27 in 1947, India under a well-planned conspiracy landed its armed troops in Kashmir and since then continues to control Kashmir by use of brute force and military might, instilling fear among the people, subjugating them and usurping all their rights,” said Mirwaiz during his house detention.
Mirwaiz said that India, which takes pride in being the world’s biggest democracy, has all along adopted a militaristic approach to settle Kashmir issue.
“But India needs to understand that people’s movements for gaining their fundamental rights can never be suppressed by military might and use of force and world history and contemporary times are witness to it,” he said.
“It is high time for the government of India to start the process of demilitarization and revoke all draconian and black laws including PSA and AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act,” he added.
Mirwaiz also called upon the international community to come forward and play its role in addressing this issue. He reminded the international community that Kashmir continues to be the “World’s largest militarized zone, and highest battle ground with the world’s highest number of military bases in any one place”.