Kashmiris observes Black Day in Paris

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Sardar Zulfiqar Aziz;

PARIS,(Parliament Times): The Jammu Kashmir Forum France (JKFF) led by Chairman and President Mr Naeem Chaudhry and Mr Mirza Asif Jarral respectively organized an impressive protest demonstration to mark the day as ‘Black Day’ in front of famous Eiffel Tower on Sunday. The Pakistani and Kashmiri communities participated in a large number despite the rainy day. Almost all Pakistani political parties including PML (N), PPP, PTI and others joined the protest demonstration along with some French human right bodies’ members. The protest demonstration that continued for hours to send a strong message to India and across the world at large that Kashmiris will always observe (till independence) this day as the day of occupation of Occupied Kashmir by India which means the Black Day. On this occasion, the protesters displayed banners with pictures and slogans of Indian atrocities. Talking Parliament times Sardar Zahoor Iqbal, Naeem Chaudhry, Mirza Asif Jarral, Kamran Butt and a French woman representing a human rights body, said that world leaders should pay attention to the atrocities of Indian armed forces in occupied Kashmir. Unfortunately, the United Nations is not taking proper heed to this very old and serious human issue of round about 15 million people.This conflict could push the region towards a world war at any time.
Amost all the speakers demanded of the Narendra Modi regime to lift the curfew and lockdown in the Valley and the world bodies are urged to mount international pressure to restore freedom. As Indian authorities claimed they had ‘eased’ some restrictions, such as lifting roadblocks and restoring landlines and some mobile phone services. “which is not true”, the speakers claimed. Life, however, remains hard in occupied Kashmir, with hundreds of checkpoints still in place and internet coverage patchy and slow. The economic effect has been dire while coronavirus lockdown measures have only added to the hardship. Security operations against Kashmiri fighters have accelerated, putting 2020 on course to be one of the bloodiest years for some time. India has also granted tens of thousands of people from outside the region the same rights as Kashmiris, meaning they can now buy land for the first time – a move critics and residents say is an attempt to change the demographic makeup of the region.

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