Srinagar, January 26, 2019 (PPI-OT): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Indian Republic Day, the 26th January, as Black Day, today. Call for the observance of the Black Day has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik and supported by the Kashmir High Court Bar Association to remind the world that India’s continued denial of right to self-determination to the Kashmiris is contrary to its claim of being a democratic republic. The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar said India had no justification to observe its Republic Day in Kashmir as it had illegally occupied the territory against the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
The day is being marked by a complete strike in occupied Kashmir where all shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road. The occupation authorities have deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations. The authorities have also placed Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Hilal Ahmed War, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Zafar Akbar Butt, Abdul Ahad Parra, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Abdur Rasheed Lone, Mushtaq Ajmal and Parray Hassan Firdosi under house arrest or in police custody to prevent them from leading the demonstrations. All roads leading to a cricket stadium in Sonawar area of Srinagar, the main venue of official function in Srinagar, have been sealed.
The authorities have also suspended mobile internet services across occupied Kashmir. Every year on August 15 (India’s Independence Day) and January 26 (India’s Independence Republic Day), authorities suspend the services in what has now become part of an ‘e-curfew’ on these days.
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