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Kashmir Black Day observed in Sri Lanka

The High Commission of Pakistan, in collaboration with the Kashmir Study Forum, Sri Lanka organised a seminar to mark the ‘Kashmir Black Day’ on October 27, 2019 at the BMICH, Colombo.

The seminar was addressed by Kashmir Study Forum Chairman Jamal ud Din as well as senior analyst Latheef Farook with the view to highlight the current situation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

A documentary, highlighting the trials and tribulations of the Kashmiris was also screened on the occasion.

Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Tanvir Ahmad, while welcoming the guests, paid homage to the people of Jammu & Kashmir for their just struggle against the decades long occupation of Jammu & Kashmir and reiterated Pakistan’s moral, political and diplomatic support for the people of Kashmir in their right to self-determination.

He further highlighted that since August 5, 2019, the scale and impunity of human rights violations have increased several-folds. Referring to the United Nations Security Council’s special session on the Kashmir issue, he said that the international community is no more a silent spectator to the Kashmir situation.

Explaining the purpose of the seminar, he said that it was to draw attention towards the miseries of the Kashmiri people and to stress the urgency of resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people under the auspices of UNSC resolutions.

Senior Analyst, Latheef Farook, speaking on the occasion, said Kashmir is a source of long standing dispute between Pakistan and India, which originated when the people of Jammu and Kashmir were denied the right of self-determination in 1947.

He underscored that when India and Pakistan became independent on August 1947, it was generally assumed that Kashmir, as a contiguous state with a predominantly Muslim population, would accede to Pakistan.

Chairman, Kashmir Study Forum, Sri Lanka Jamal ud Din, in his concluding remarks decried the human rights violations committed in Kashmir for the past seven decades.

He said that the world community was under moral obligation to ensure a United Nations sponsored plebiscite in Kashmir according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

He recalled that the Kashmir issue was first brought to the UN by India.

Comprehensive discussion was held during the seminar, urging the Indian Government to immediately lift the curfew and communications blackout as well as rescinding of its unilateral actions in the occupied territory since August 5, 2019 after abrogation of Article 370 and 35A.

The seminar was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life including academicians, journalists, writers, local friends of Kashmir as well as the Pakistani community.

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