Background

October 27 is the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe it as Black Day. This is the day, when, in 1947, India sent its armed forces to Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total violation of the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan and against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

According to the Partition Plan of June 3, 1947, passed by the British parliament on July 18, the same year, the Indian British Colony was to be divided into two sovereign states. The Hindu-majority areas were to constitute India while the Muslim-majority areas of Western provinces and east Bengal were to be included in Pakistan. At the end of British suzerainty over Indian sub-continent in 1947, more than 550 Princely States had become independent but with a choice to accede either to Pakistan or India. However, India illegally occupied Hyderabad, Junagarh and Kashmir by military invasions. Being a Muslim-majority state, with 87% Muslim population, Jammu and Kashmir had a natural tendency to accede to Pakistan, but the evil designs of its Hindu ruler and the leaders of Indian National Congress and Britain paved way to destroy the future of the people of the territory. »

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, amid shutdown, people staged forceful protests at Sumbal in Bandipora district, today, following a fresh braid-chopping incident in the area.

Scores of people mostly women took to the streets in Shadipora area of Sumbal to protest against the braid-chopping incident that occurred last night. The protesters blocked Bandipora-Srinagar. They said that this was the second such incident in past three days.

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Oslo, October 27 (KMS): The Kashmir European Alliance (KEA) has urged the UN Security Council and General Assembly to take steps to prevent another Pak-India war.

The KEA President, Sardar Pervez Mehmood in a statement issued in Oslo on the occasion of Kashmir Black Day said that the UN should expand UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and its deployment on both sides of the Line of Control. »

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London, October 27 (KMS): A Kashmiri delegation met with the Conservative Party Chairman and member of the British Parliament (MP), Sir Patrick McLaughlin, at Halifax in Yorkshire, UK.

The delegation comprised Raja Najabat Hussain, Harry Boota, Samina Khan, Chaudhary Mohammed Akram, Sardar Abdur Rahman Khan and Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam. »

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Black Day, today, to convey the message to the world that they reject India’s illegal occupation of their motherland and they will continue their struggle till complete freedom from Indian yoke.

It was on 27th October in 1947 when Indian troops invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total violation of the Partition Plan of the Subcontinent and against the Kashmiris’ aspirations. »

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Islamabad, October 27 (KMS): President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in their separate messages on Kashmir Black Day being observed, today, have reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support for just cause of the Kashmiri people.

President Mamnoon Hussain in his message urged India to implement the UN resolutions on the Kashmir dispute as peace and prosperity of the entire region is linked with the settlement of the longstanding dispute. »

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): Former Indian minister and senior Congress leader, Mani Shankar Aiyar, has said that the initiative taken by Narendra Modi-led government has died before it started.

Mani Shankar Aiyar in an interview with a Srinagar based wire agency while reacting over the appointment of interlocutor by the Indian government said that it would have been far better if the appointed interlocutor would have any political background. He said that it was astonishing that instead of appointing a political stalwart like Yashwant Sinha, Government of India preferred an Intelligence Officer. This has sent a wrong signal to the people of Kashmir who have completely lost faith in Indian political system, he added. »

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New Delhi, October 27 (KMS): A court in New Delhi has rejected the interim bail plea of illegally detained Hurriyat leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and a Kashmiri businessman, Zahoor Ahmad Watali.

District Judge, Poonam Bamba, dismissed the bail plea of Nayeem Khan and Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali which was sought on medical grounds citing their poor health condition. The court sent Nayeem Khan and Zahoor Watali to judicial custody till November 15.

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a five-member civil society coordination committee has said that numerous Jammu-based organisations are on the same page as the Kashmir Valley for safeguarding Article 35-A of Indian Constitution in the interest of the territory.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, members of the coordination committee ‘We the People of Jammu and Kashmir’ said that they met civil society, business groups and other organisations in Jammu as part of campaign to safeguard Article 35-A. »

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