ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 20th july,2016) : Black Day was observed across the country on Wednesday to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and protest grave human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. The Federal government had directed ministries, divisions and provincial governments to observe the Day and express solidarity with Kashmiris. Rallies and functions were arranged all over the country, Azad Kashmir and in Occupied Valley to draw attention of world community towards burning issue of Kashmir.
All officials of federal and provincial governments including Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) put on black armband during routine official work to denounce Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren. Special prayers were also held after Zohar prayers for martyrs of Kashmir. Pakistani missions abroad sensitized local media as well as various caucuses in different regions on Kashmir issue.
In big cities banners were displayed at conspicuous places inscribing slogans in favour of the Kashmiris freedom struggle. These include 'dawn with Indian occupation', 'stop atrocities against Kashmiris', 'grant right of self-determination to Kashmiris' and 'international community should take notice of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir'. A large number of political, social, academic and non-governmental organizations observed this Day to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people in Occupied Kashmir.
In a message, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged international community to play role in stopping Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris in occupied valley. The speaker asked international community to play its due role in resolving the issue of Kashmir as per commitments of India. In Federal Capital, participants at a seminar entitled `Indian oppression in Kashmir and its social impacts' was arranged by National Council of Social Welfare and attended by a number of Hurriyet Leaders and other officials. They condemned human rights violation in Kashmir and demanded implementation of the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir to decide fate of Kashmir under the supervision of international body without any further delay.