Black Day Observed to show the solidarity with Kashmir’s
Riphah Institute of Public Policy and Center of Peace and Social Studies (CPSS) observed black day on 27th October 2018 to extend the solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir as Maharaja Hari Singh signed of the Instrument of Accession, in which Jammu and Kashmir joined the Dominion of India on 27th October 1947. The key speakers on the remembrance day included; Engr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Ms. Farrukh Khan, Member of National Assembly (MNA).Ambassador Abdul Basit (Former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India), Dr. Manzoor Afridi, HoD-I.R, IIU, Mr. Asif Khurshid, D.G, CPSS, and Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director, Riphah University.
The speakers expressed their full support and praised the courage of the inhabitants of Valley against massive human rights violation by Indian security forces. It was further highlighted that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights after an extensive monitoring of 2 years issued the report and stated that the conflict has robbed millions of Kashmir’s sufferings and inflict untold suffering of human rights violations and various abuses depriving justice to the people in Kashmir. The UN report is of first-ever publication on the very issue and Pakistan accepted the report but India rejected the same.
Pakistan needs to invest more of its diplomatic and political capital from regional to global forums and be more vocal and efficient on Kashmir dispute. Further Pakistani media must play its due role to counter Indian narrative especially at the international arena. There is an urgent need for deputing observer and an inquiry commission under the umbrella of UN. The speakers highly appreciated that such events are very important to create mass awareness of Kashmir cause.