Islamabad: Kashmir is not an internal matter of India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday and asked it to hold a plebiscite there to respect the rights of Kashmiris as Pakistan observed a ‘Black Day’ to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
In his message, Sharif said, “Today we are observing Black Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris and are giving a strong message to the world that Pakistanis are with them (Kashmiris) for their struggle to get their rights.”
“India cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris through force as they will eventually get freedom. The United Nations has declared Kashmir a disputed territory and India should hold plebiscite to respect the rights of Kashmiris. Terming Kashmir issue internal matter of India is not justifiable,” he said.
Sharif said India was committing human rights violation in the occupied territory which is a matter of great concern for the world community.
The Prime Minister has earlier directed all relevant departments to highlight the Kashmir issue at international fora.
To observe the Black Day, rallies and events are being held across the country and Pakistani part of Kashmir to draw attention of the world towards the Kashmir issue.
All officials of federal and provincial governments were wearing black band on duty to express “political, moral and diplomatic support” to Kashmiris.
Special prayers were held for those killed in Kashmir including militant commander Burhan Wani. On the government’s order, Pakistani missions abroad also held ceremonies.
Jammaat-ud-Dawah’s ‘Kashmir Caravan’, which on Tuesday left for Islamabad from Lahore, will hold a “large” public meeting here.
Hafiz Saeed who heads the group has vowed to march towards Kashmir “till Kashmiris get freedom”.
49 people have been killed in Kashmir in the clashes since Wani’s killing on July 8.
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