Number of Indian troops present in IIOJK soars to 1.5 million

Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian forces killed over four hundred thousand Kashmiris including more than 250,000 in Jammu as the occupied territory completed 73 years of invasion by Indian Army on this day in 1947.

A report released by Kashmir Media Service on 27th of October, today, which is being observed as Black Day in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Azad Kashmir and wherever Kashmiris live in the world said that more than 3.5 million Kashmiris were forced to migrate to Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and other parts of the world since October 27, 1947.

The report said, although, the number of Indian troops present in IIOJK is cited to be around eight to nine hundred thousand, but as per KMS research cell based in Srinagar, the actual number of occupational troops is 1,501,000.  The research also gave a break-up of the Indian forces’ personnel, according to which the number of Indian Army soldiers is 750,000, paramilitary forces including CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP is 535,000, the number of Police personnel is 130,000, Special Police Officers 35,000 and Village Defense Committee personnel 51,000. It makes a grand total of 1,501,000 Indian occupational forces’ personnel present in the territory. »

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Pakistani map, flag hoisted in Srinagar
Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed 27 October as Black Day, today, to express their total rejection of 73 years of illegal occupation of their motherland by India.

The day was marked by complete shutdown across the occupied territory. All government and private offices, shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was thin. »

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Islamabad, October 27 (KMS): The All Parties Hurriyat Conference AJK chapter staged a protest demonstration outside the UN office in Islamabad on the completion of 73 years of India’s illegal occupation over Jammu and Kashmir, today.

The Hurriyat-AJK leaders on the occasion said that the massacre of Kashmiris in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir was the worst example of Indian state terrorism and the rising bloodshed in the territory was the result of unbridled powers granted to the Indian forces. They said that India was conspiring to turn the Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir into a minority area through changing its demography. They maintained that New Delhi was imposing colonial laws and issuing domiciles to non-Kashmiris to advance its nefarious agenda within a short span of time. »

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(Muhammad Raza Malik)

Background-
Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the globe observe October 27 as Black Day. It is the darkest day in the history of Kashmir as on this day in 1947 India had forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir by landing its army in Srinagar against the will of the Kashmiri people and in total disregard to the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan. Under the Partition Plan, Indian British Colony was divided into two sovereign states, India (comprising Hindu majority areas) and Pakistan (consisting of Muslim-majority areas of Western provinces and east Bengal). Every year, 27th October is marked by complete strike in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and rallies, seminars and demonstrations in the illegally occupied territory, Azad Kashmir and world capitals.
As per the understanding behind the Partition Plan, the than Princely States were given the choice to accede either to Pakistan or India on the basis of their geography and demography. Being a Muslim-majority state, with 87% Muslim population, Kashmir was a natural part of Pakistan as both shared strong bonds in respect of religion, geography and culture. But, unfortunately, the then Hindu ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, destroyed the future of Kashmiri people by announcing its accession to India under a controversial document, Instrument of Accession, thus laying the foundation of the Kashmir dispute. Many observers including prominent British historian, Alastair Lamb, and noted Kashmiri researchers, Abdul Majid Zargar and Basharat Hussain Qazilbash, deny the existence of such a document with the argument that had it been there, the Indian government must have made it public either officially or at any international forum. Even Indian Archives Department has now declared that the document is lost and the announcement has put question marks on the very existence of the document.

Kashmir in the United Nations-
The people of Jammu and Kashmir strongly resisted India’s illegal occupation of their soil and they launched a movement to liberate it from the Indian yoke. Their resilience forced India to seek the help of the world community to settle the Kashmir dispute. Sensing a humiliating defeat to its armed forces, India approached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on January 01, 1948. The World Body in its successive resolutions nullified the Indian invasion and called for holding of an impartial plebiscite under its supervision to allow the Kashmiri people decide their fate by themselves. Unfortunately, these UN resolutions and the pledges made by Indian leaders remain unfulfilled even after the passage of several decades, resulting in the continued suffering of the Kashmiri people.

Kashmiris’ revolt and mass uprisings-
Disappointed over the failure of all the efforts aimed at resolving the Kashmir dispute through peaceful means for decades, the people of IIOJK intensified their freedom struggle in 1989 to secure their right to self-determination. This movement gave sleepless nights to the Indian rulers. They responded this popular movement with the brute military might.
The people of IIOJK added a new dimension to their freedom movement in 2008. They hit the streets in thousands during mass uprisings in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016. However, most of the time, Indian troops and police personnel used brute force against these peaceful demonstrators, killing hundreds of them. Since the mass uprising triggered by the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, on 8th July in 2016, besides killing over 1,300, the troops have caused injuries to more than 29,220 people by firing pellets, bullets and teargas shells on protesters. During this period, more than 10,280 people have suffered pellet injuries and over 395 of them have lost their eyesight in one or both eyes.

Indian state terrorism
India is using every brutal tactic to continue its illegal hold on Jammu and Kashmir for the past over seven decades. Since 1989 till 30th September 2020 alone, Indian troops had martyred 95,686 Kashmiris, widowed 22,920 women, orphaned 107,802 children and molested or gang-raped 11,219 Kashmiri women. While the whereabouts of thousands of innocent youth subjected to disappearance in custody remain untraced, the discovery of thousands of mass graves across the territory has raised concerns about their safety. However, despite exhausting all its resources and resorting to the worst kind of state terrorism during the past over seven decades, New Delhi has miserably failed to intimidate the people of IIOJK into submission.

Modi’s 5th August onslaught-
Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government has put the peace of the entire world in perils by abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and annexing it with India on August 05, 2019. It also divided IIOJK into two federally administered union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. After repealing the Article 370, New Delhi put the illegally occupied territory under strict military siege, confining millions of Kashmiris to their homes and arresting thousands. Continued curfew, restrictions and communications blackout led to humanitarian crisis in IIOJK. At the same time, Indian troops intensified violent cordon and search operations across the territory.
The Modi government imposed several federal laws and introduced new domicile rules in IIOJK. In gross violation of the UN resolutions and the international law, it has granted domicile status to thousands of non-Kashmiri Hindus including some IAS officers. The local people fear that more than 800,000 Indian soldiers and over 600,000 migrant labourers present in the territory might also be granted the domicile status in the coming days.
The BJP regime, as part of its anti-Muslim policies, is also replacing the Muslim names of important places and departments with Hindu names in IIOJK. The birth anniversary of former Chief Minister, Sheikh Abdullah, and Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on July 13 have been dropped from the list of public holidays. The Modi govt has initiated the process of delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies in IIOJK with an aim to give more seats to Hindu-dominated areas of Jammu division. At the same time, it has flouted a new political front of its collaborators led by Altaf Bukhari in the name of Jammu Kashmir Apni Party.
The basic objective behind all these unilateral illegal measures is to convert IIOJK’s Muslim majority into a minority by settling Indian Hindus in large numbers. It is also aimed at damaging the essence of the UN resolutions on the Kashmir dispute and affect the results in India’s favour if New Delhi is compelled to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir at any point of time in the future.

Pakistan’s support to Kashmir cause-
The Pakistani leadership has always represented the Kashmiris’ aspirations and never betrayed the faith reposed on it by the Kashmiri people. It was his commitment to the interests of the people of Kashmir that drove father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to visit Jammu and Kashmir three times before 1947. He had rightly termed Kashmir as the “Jugular Vein” of Pakistan. Prime Minister, Imran Khan, in his address to the UN General Assembly, drew world’s attention to the worsening humanitarian crisis in IIOJK after Modi government’s 5th August illegal move. He repeatedly warned the world that Modi government’s Hindutva policies and aggressive posture posed serious threat to the peace in the region and the entire world. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry is consistently updating the world leaders on the Indian brutalities in IIOJK. The Pakistan Parliament has passed several resolutions since August 05, last year, expressing solidarity with the oppressed people of IIOJK and condemning India’s illegal actions in the territory. The Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, has repeatedly expressed Pak Army’s support to the Kashmir cause. He has declared that Pakistan is ready to fight till last bullet and last soldier for Kashmir.

Positive developments-
The Kashmir dispute has become the focus of attention at the global level after the illegal actions taken by the Modi regime on and post August 05, 2019 in IIOJK. Pakistan’s arduous efforts and the grave human rights situation caused by the continued military siege in the illegally occupied territory convinced the UNSC to hold its session on Kashmir thrice first time after the period of over 50 years. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the US President Donald Trump have repeatedly offered mediation to resolve the Kashmir dispute in the wake of heightened tension between Pakistan and India. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, several members of UK parliament and US lawmakers as well as world bodies including the OIC, the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have expressed serious concern over the grim human rights situation in IIOJK. Even the International watchdog, the Genocide Watch in a statement expressed fears of genocide against the Muslims living in IIOJK and the Indian state of Assam.

Conclusion-
This is the context of the observance of October 27 as Black Day by the Kashmiris all across the globe. The observance is aimed at sending a loud and clear message to the world community to take stock of the miseries of the Kashmiri people and come forward in a big way to ensure a solution of the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with their wishes. It is also intended to send a strong message to New Delhi that the Kashmiris reject its illegal occupation of their homeland and that they would continue their struggle till they achieved their inalienable right to self-determination promised to them by India and the world through several UN resolutions. Following India’s action to change the disputed status and demographic composition of IIOJK, the solution of the Kashmir dispute has become more imperative for ensuring permanent peace in the region and the world at large.

(The writer is a Senior News Editor at Kashmir Media Service and can be reached at razamalik849@yahoo.com)

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops have launched a cordon and search operation in Badgam district.

The troops cordoned of Mouchwa area of the district and launched searches. The operation continued till last reports came in. »

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Tehreek-e-HurriyatSrinagar, October 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir has said that India in violation of the Partition Plan of the Sub Continent occupied Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir on October 27,1947 on the basis of a fraudulent Instrument of accession. »

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): The Modi-led fascist Indian government has issued notification to allow any non-Kashmiri and Hindu outsiders to buy land in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) without any hindrance.

The ink of the notification had not yet dried when Pahalgam Club was given to a non-Kashmiri citizen Tapash Bagat ushering in the formal grabbing of Kashmiris’ land by Indian outsiders.

The Indian government is imposing several brutal laws to change the IIOJK demography and the new notice issued by New Delhi, today, is part of the same conspiracy, under the notification, any non-Kashmiri or outsider can purchase the non agricultural land in the territory. »

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Srinagar, October 27 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) headed by Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, has strongly denounced the appalling Islamophobic remarks of French President Emanuel Macron.

The MMU – a conglomerate of religious organisations of IIOJK – said the French leader’s remarks on Islam – a religion to which peace, humanity and mercy are intrinsic values – expose his ignorance about Islam. »

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Islamabad, Oct 27 (KMS): President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in their messages on the Kashmir Black Day being observed today, said that people of Pakistan are observing this day to condemn Indian illegal occupation and to reiterate their unwavering support to the Kashmiri people.

In his message, President Dr. Arif Alvi, said, “On this day 73 years ago, Indian Security forces landed in Srinagar to illegally occupy the territory and subjugate people of Jammu and Kashmir in clear violation of international law and humanitarian norms. On August 5, 2019, India moved to alter the disputed status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and change its demographic structure. The illegal and unilateral Indian actions have been rejected by the Kashmiri people, by Pakistan, and by the international community for being in violation of International Law, relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and India’s own solemn commitments made bilaterally to Pakistan as well as to the people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.” »

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Islamabad, Oct 27 (KMS): Senate has passed a resolution expressing full solidarity with the popular indigenous uprising of the heroic people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, terming October 27 as a Black Day in the history of the Kashmiri people.

The House resolutely rejected the illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir which is the root cause of the dispute for the last 73 years.

The resolution reaffirmed complete and unconditional support of Pakistan and its people to the just cause of the inalienable right of self-determination of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions that seek a plebiscite under UN auspices to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiri people regarding their future. Moreover, the Senate strongly condemned the Modi regime in India for following policies based on bigotry and Islamophobia that seek to divide society and promote discrimination against the people of IIOJK on the basis of their ethnicity and religion. »

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