‘Black Day’ being observed in IOK

SRINAGAR: The unified resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in their joint statement have called for observing Wednesday, July 20, as “Black Day by hoisting black flags over all the residential houses, commercial establishments like shops and important landmarks and squares and observing a blackout from 8:30 pm to 9 pm by switching off all bulbs and lighting and by holding programmes highlighting the atrocities carried by Indian forces in every small and big Masjid.
The unified resistance leadership also called for observing complete shutdown until 2 pm on Thursday, July 21 and from 2 pm there would be a break in shutdown while complete shutdown would again be observed on Friday, July 22, and observed on both sides of the divide.
The resistance leadership also called upon the Kashmiri diaspora and the humanistic  people across the globe who believe in respecting human rights, to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir on Friday by staging demonstrations and processions to protest the killing, maiming and blinding of innocent Kashmiri civilians and the atrocities carried against  them by the “frenzied” forces.
Appealing the international human rights organizations to pressurize New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violations carried by its forces on people of Kashmir, the leadership called upon them to take strong note of the “state-sponsored terrorism and play their role in protecting the lives of people of the region.”
The leaders termed the statement of Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh of blaming Pakistan for the situation in Kashmir as baseless, farthest from the truth and an attempt to mislead the people of India and the international community. They said  by accusing Pakistan, New Delhi was trying to give legitimacy  to the “atrocities and barbarism” its forces are carrying  out against the people of Kashmir.
They said: “After the martyrdom of armed resistance commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the way state-sponsored terrorism was at display in Jammu & Kashmir and the way Kashmiri civilians were being targeted to be killed, maimed and blinded by the forces, accusing  Pakistan is not only a crude joke but stupid.”
The resistance leadership said during the past 10 days, 46 persons had been killed, more than 3100 injured, over 120 maimed by the indiscriminate use of pellet guns and even children are not spared during indiscriminate firing by the forces.
Slamming Indian leadership, the pro-freedom leaders said instead of acknowledging  and accepting the ground reality of Kashmir and its disputed nature, they continue to exhibit  stubborness and intransigence as a result of which not only are the people of Jammu Kashmir caught in a quagmire but the entire South Asia  is in a state of political uncertainty, worsening by the day.
Further commenting on Rajnath Singh’s statement that people of Kashmiri are “our own people” and that he would talk with them, the resistance leaders wondered why their was so much discrepancy between India’s word and  deed. Such “sweet talk” can no longer   mislead the people of Kashmir, they added.
They said Kashmiris have for the last 70 years been struggling against their illegal occupation by India and no amount of  its military might will silence the people of Kashmir.
 They said time had come for New Delhi to give up its stubborn stance on Kashmir and listen to the people of Kashmir. Agencies