PR No.313 Seminar on “Jammu &Kashmir Dispute” held in Pakistan Embassy, Washington DC on 28 October 2016 coinciding with Black Day observed by Kashmiris around the World Islamabad

Pakistan Ambassador to US Jalil Abbas Jilani hosted a Seminar in the Pakistan Embassy on “Jammu & Kashmir dispute” coinciding with the observation of Black Day by Kashmiris around the World. Every year, 27 October is observed as Kashmir Black Day throughout the World as an ill-fated day. In 1947 Indian forces landed in Srinagar to illegally occupy this heavenly land and started one of the most tragic chapters in Human history, says a press release received here today from Washington DC.

Ambassador Jalil Jilani in his opening remarks thanked the audience for participating in the Seminar to express solidarity with Kashmiri brothers and sisters struggling for their right of self-determination for over 07 decades. He added that following martyrdom of Burhan Wani, Kashmiris had started spontaneous and peaceful intifada for their legitimate right of self-determination. He emphasized the fundamental truth that Indian occupation has been rejected by the Kashmiris on ground.

Speaking on the occasion, the Guest Speakers Ambassador Toquir Hussain said that a new Kashmir is born after the assassination of Burhan Wani, young Kashmiri freedom fighter. He added that the world had acknowledged the current Kashmiri freedom movement as being indigenous and spontaneous.

Highlighting Indian atrocities, the Guest speaker Former Foreign Secretary Riaz Muhammad Khan said that the Indian forces were truly behaving in a manner of occupation forces and using pellet guns and live ammunition against the civilians with impunity. Deliberate targeting of the eyes was highly despicable and this barbarous practice found no parallel example in the civilized history. Due to prolonged curfews, the longest in the history of IoK, a humanitarian crisis had erupted, severely disrupting the lives and livelihood of Kashmiri people.

Kashmir American community representatives, including Dr. Imtiaz-a resident of Srinagar also spoke on the occasion. The Kashmiri Leaders called upon the international community to wake up on Kashmir issue and take notice of the gross human rights violations occurring in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They reiterated it is the responsibility of international community to fulfill its promise to the Kashmiris, of granting them their right of self-determination through a free and fair plebiscite.

A documentary featuring the history and significance of the Black Day was screened on the occasion. The Embassy also arranged a Picture Exhibition highlighting the recent spate of Indian atrocities and massive human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.