Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and world over observed the India's Republic Day, as Black Day, today, to remind the international community that India’s continued denial of right to self-determination to the Kashmiri people is contrary to its claim of being a democratic country.
According to Kashmir Media Service, call for the observance of the Black Day was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir turned the entire Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region into a military garrison by deploying Indian troops, police and paramilitary personnel in strength.
Srinagar and Jammu cities were offering a look of fortresses. The roads leading towards the cricket Stadium at Sonawar, Srinagar, and Maulana Azad Stadium in Jammu, the main venues of the Republic Day functions were sealed with barbed wires and barricades.
The APHC leaders and other organizations including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Khawaja Firdous, Khadim Hussain, Maulana Sibte Shabbir Qummi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Dr Musaib, Muhammad Aqib and Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Hurriyat Front in their statements said India is not a democratic but a terrorist country as its troops are involved in genocide of innocent Kashmiris.
Posters pasted on walls and poles in Srinagar and other areas of the Kashmir Valley by Hurriyat organizations read that India has no legal or moral justification to celebrate its Republic Day in IIOJK as it was holding the territory against the will of the Kashmiri people.