Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world on Sunday are observing Indian Republic Day as Black Day in protest against India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, reported Kashmir Media Service.
Call for the observance of the Black Day has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum.
The day is marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals. This year, the observance of the Black Day is also aimed at registering protest against the continued lockdown of occupied Kashmir imposed by India for the past almost six months since August 5, last year.
Meanwhile, stringent measures in the name of security have been taking on the India’s Republic Day, today, bringing more miseries to the already besieged people in occupied Kashmir. Indian troops have intensified checking and frisking in Srinagar city and other parts of the territory.
The forces’ personnel have set up check points on every road and chowk where commuters and pedestrians are being frisked and vehicles are checked thoroughly.