Srinagar, October 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has said that 27 October 1947 is an unfortunate day when the people of Jammu and Kashmir were deprived of their freedom and liberty after India landed its troops in the territory and forcibly occupied it.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar called for complete shutdown on Friday to observe the day as black day. The leaders said that India had occupied Kashmir without any constitutional and moral justification and against the wishes of Kashmiri people.

Since 1947, the leaders said, Indian forces have been involved in merciless killing of innocent Kashmiris, destruction of their properties and immoral assaults on women. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir were neither asked for their viewpoint about this forced occupation and nor are their wishes and aspirations being respected even today,” they added.

While terming the accession by Maharaja Hari Singh with India as controversial, unreliable and undemocratic, the resistance leaders said that experts on historical events had raised several important queries about its authenticity, besides that the Maharaja had no such mandate from the people of Jammu and Kashmir. They also questioned the justification of any such move by an individual, against whose autocratic rule the people had stood.

The resistance leadership added that the fleeing Maharaja had no authority to sign accession document. “The Indian National Congress had at that time adopted a policy regarding the future of these princely states that decision about their future would not be taken by the Maharajas or rulers but people of these states would be asked for their political aspirations,” it added.

The leadership cited the cases of Hyderabad and Junagarh states whose rulers had decided to join Pakistan, but India landed it troops there and forcibly occupied these two states claiming that the rulers of these states had no authority to decide the fate of their people. But, they added, the same India had forgotten that principal when it came to Jammu and Kashmir.

The resistance leaders said that since then the occupational forces were committing atrocities on Kashmiri people to suppress their peaceful voice for freedom. It said that inhuman laws like Disturbed Areas Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act were in force and Indian Army and paramilitary personnel enjoyed free hand to perpetrate atrocities on the Kashmiri people. “Pro-freedom leaders are denied political space. They are detained in jails or placed under house arrest,” it added.

The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R, Tehreek-e-Mazahamat, Peoples Freedom League and Peeran-e-Walayat in their statements terming October 27 as the darkest day in the history of Kashmir said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had never accepted the forcible occupation of India.

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