Observe January 26 As ‘Black Day’: Resistance Camp to People

Srinagar:The pro-freedom leaders on Monday asked people to observe January 26 as “black day” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that in the garb of celebrating January 26, youth in every part of Kashmir are “rounded up and arrested” while people are “harassed” due to frisking at every other corner.

Terming it “murder” of democratic norms and principles of humanity, Mirwaiz said, “Only in Baramulla town more than 30 youth were picked up by the police and forces on 22 January 2017.”

Stressing that jails in and outside Jammu Kashmir were already packed with thousands of Kashmiri political prisoners, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chief said, “The arrest spree of the youth in the name of maintaining law and order amply illustrates the callous attitude of the ruling class towards Kashmiris.”

“Hurriyat (Conference) does not stand against any country celebrating its democracy and being republic, but the way democracy was being tarnished by using dictatorial means and people dealt brutally was not only condemnable but also an eye opener for people who believe in upholding human rights and democratic values,” he said.

In his statement, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik Monday asked people of Kashmir to observe January 26 as “black day”.

Malik, who is under-going detention in Central Jail Srinagar, said, “India celebrates its republic day on 26th January every year and calls itself the biggest democracy of the world but this is the nation that has snatched the democratic rights of Kashmiris by its military might and is continuously denying Kashmiris this right.”

“Democracy means accepting the rights of poor nations and doing justice to them but instead of this India under the garb of being so-called biggest democracy is trampling Kashmiri rights with their military might.”

“If the history of only last five months is taken into account, our hundreds have been killed by Indian bullets, eye sight of so many has been snatched and thousands have been injured. More than ten thousands are languishing in jails and voices of Kashmiris have been suppressed by military might.”

“The republic day of a nation that has by military might snatched the freedom of a poor nation and has denied them basic democratic right can never be the day of joy for the oppressed people of Kashmir and because of this we Kashmiris are compelled to observe this day as a black day.

He said that people of Jammu Kashmir will observe this day 26th January as a black day and register their protest against illegal occupation and oppression.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement stressed that the oppressed people can never participate in the republic day of its oppressor and occupier.

The chairperson of the party Asiya Andrabi in a statement said, a country that butchered more than one lac youth and blinded thousands recentlyhas no moral roght to celebrate its republic day.

“We can in no way observe India’s republic day nor have we ever observed it,” Asiya Andrabi said in a statement issued here.

“India has butchered lacs of our youth and recently blinded thousands too.”

She said, “India is an oppressor and an occupier. It has not only occupied us but our culture as well.”

She reiterated that there should be complete civil curfew on January 26. “It should be apparent to the oppressor and their stooges that we are not with them.”

United Jihad Council (UJC) Monday , appealed people to observe January 26, as “black day” to protest against the ‘reign of terror’ unleashed by India in Kashmir.

Syed Sadaqat Hussain in a statement issued here, while quoting the UJC chief, Syed Salah-ud-dinsai, “India has suppressed basic human rights of Kashmiris and muzzled their aspirations. People should observe it as black day as a sign of protest.”

He said, “The hollowness of Indian democracy has got exposed as fanatic organizations have been directly ruling the country. India has been using brute force in Kashmir. Youth are arrested and leadership is being detained in their houses. Whole Valley has been turned into a garrison,” the UJC spokesperson said.

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