Pakistani Embassy in Ankara Celebrates Day of Solidarity with Kashmiris

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The Pakistani Embassy in Türkiye marked “Black Day” on Thursday to express solidarity with the people of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir on the 75th anniversary of the dispute over the region.

“The occupying power, India, tried to silence Kashmir’s struggle for freedom and peace through armed aggression, but history is replete with examples that no device or design can destroy the will and determination of the people,” Abbas Sarwar Qureshi, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Pakistani Embassy, ​​said at an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the day in Ankara, the capital of Türkiye.

Stressing Pakistan’s commitment to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris, he reaffirmed the country’s “determination to stand with the Kashmiri brothers in their legitimate cause of freedom”.

He praised Turkey and the Turkish government for their “principled stance” on the Kashmir issue, saying, “Turkish support and solidarity with Kashmir is a source of great strength for millions of oppressed people in Jammu and -Kashmir occupied by India and an important contribution to the realization of their right to self-determination.”

On this occasion, messages from Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were also read, which expressed their solidarity with Kashmiris and called on the international community to take action to hold India accountable for its human rights abuses. .

New Delhi has long maintained that Indian forces were sent after tribal people from neighboring North West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) arrived in the region, with Hindu leader Dogra Hari Singh asking for help. ‘assistance.

On October 27, 1947, Indian troops positioned themselves in Kashmir’s largest city, Srinagar, after India and Pakistan gained independence from British colonial rule. The anniversary of this Indian action is celebrated by Pakistanis and Kashmiris as “Black Day”, while India commemorates it as “Accession Day”. The region has since been a source of tension between India and Pakistan.

Since then, the scenic valley has been a bone of contention between the two nuclear rivals who fought two full-fledged wars – in 1948 and 1965 – and a three-week Kargil skirmish in Kashmir.

Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in part and claimed by both in full. A small part of Kashmir is also held by China.

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