MESSAGE FROM MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF PRIME MINISTER OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN ON KASHMIR BLACK DAY 27 OCTOBER 2016 Islamabad: October 26, 2016.
27 October 1947 marks one of the darkest chapters of human history, which gave birth to a grave human tragedy in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoK). On this day 68 years ago the Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress, and terrorize the innocent people of the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir. This pattern of brutalities continues with impunity even today. Despite commitments to the international community and numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council on Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian government has unleashed a reign of terror in IoK and remains recalcitrant
to fulfill its commitments.
In the wake of extra-judicial killing of young icon of Kashmir freedom struggle Mr. Burhan Wani, on 8 July 2016, the brutality of the Indian occupation forces has intensified. They have shed away all norms of humanity and civility in committing the worst form of state terrorism against the defenseless and hapless masses of IoK with the misplaced perception that they can crush the legitimate Kashmir struggle. The Indian occupation forces are slaughtering the civilians with complete impunity and are supported by the whole Indian state machinery in this gruesome crime against humanity. The obdurate use, without any restraint or a hint of remorse, of live ammunition and pellet guns by Indian occupation forces against the defenseless masses, is highly contemptible and condemnable in strongest possible terms.
The Indian barbarism is highly deplorable and against the norms of humanity. The continuous curfew for over hundred days has made the lives of innocent Kashmiris miserable. To add to the unimaginable sufferings of the oppressed masses, the Indian government has created deliberate shortage of essential foods supplies, medicines, baby food, petroleum products and other basic amenities.
The current episode of Indian brutalities is nothing new in IoK. It is only a vivid illustration of a consistent pattern of state oppression, massacres, genocide, and atrocities being continued by the Indian occupation forces in IoK for the last 68 years. The valiant, brave and courageous people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir deserve admiration by the people of Pakistan and the entire freedom loving humanity for showing unprecedented resilience in facing the savage use of force by India. They have not moved back an inch from their principled demand of exercise of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
lt is high time that India read the writing on the wall and should implement the pending UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir for amicable resolution of this long outstanding dispute. It has lost permanently and irretrievably the hearts and minds of the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The only peaceful, plausible, logical, and conceivable solution to the Kashmir dispute, which is also consistent with the international law and norms, is the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. The only possible explanation of India’s
adamant refusal to implement these resolutions can be that India is certain that the verdict of people of Jammu & Kashmir in such a plebiscite will be against it. However, more than 1.5 billion people of the region deserve to see the dawn of peace and prosperity which has been held hostage to the gross, consistent and systematic violations of human rights in IoK and complete disregard to the UN Security Council resolutions.
We pay homage to the sacrifices of our brethren in IoK and reiterate our unflinching and steadfast moral, diplomatic and political support for the just cause of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. This support will continue till the realization of the lawful right to self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage