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Pakistan's mission in London observes Oct 27 as black day

Pakistan's mission in London observes Oct 27 as black day

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High Commissioner urges international action to end human rights abuses in Kashmir

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LONDON (Haseeb Arslan) - The High Commission for Pakistan in London observed the Jammu and Kashmir Black Day to commemorate a sombre milestone in the history of the region.

On this day in 1947, India forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir by landing its army in Srinagar against the will and wishes of the Kashmiri people. 

The event featured both virtual and in-person participation by cross-party British Parliamentarians, Kashmiri leaders, members of academia and representatives of human rights organisations.

The messages of the president, the prime minister and the foreign minister of Pakistan were read out on this occasion. 

In his remarks, the high commissioner underscored the significance of Jammu and Kashmir Black Day, marking the day when India, 76 years ago, violated international law and morality by deploying its troops in Srinagar, based on a fraudulent instrument of accession. 

He brought attention to the ongoing oppression of innocent Kashmiri people by the Indian occupation forces. The high commissioner emphasised the urgent need for international action to end draconian laws and human rights abuses in the India Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

British Parliamentarians and speakers expressed solidarity with the Kashmiris, highlighting concerns about the humanitarian crisis in IIOJK.

They called on the UK government to protect Kashmiris’ rights, vowed to continue addressing human rights violations in UK's Parliament and urged India to grant access to human rights organisations. 

Emphasising it as a matter of human rights and self-determination, they called for international intervention based on UN Security Council Resolutions. 

Photo exhibition 

Earlier, a photo exhibition at the high commission displayed evidence of ongoing atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir, serving as a stark reminder of the need to address the human rights situation and work towards a peaceful resolution of the issue.