Srinagar, October 22, (Scoop News)- Jammu and Kashmir Youth Development Forum (JKYDF) a non-political forum represented by people from different walks of life observed a ‘black day’ today to mark the 67th anniversary of tribal invasion of the Kashmir Valley by Pakistan army backed tribals in 22 October 1947. the day Pakistan invaded Jammu and Kashmir along the tribesmen, was one of the blackest day in the history of Kashmir.
“During the past, separatists used to force Kashmiris to observe Black Day on October 27 which coincides with the arrival of Indian army in Kashmir Valley.
“People were led to believe that their problems started after October 22, 1947, and Pakistan provided funds and support to all anti-national groups who observe Black Day on October 27,” Pakistan lost the war against Jammu and Kashmir because it did not want the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir to become part of India while the people of Jammu and Kashmir wanted accession with a secular India. Pakistan was also worried about the secular credentials of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as a whole and wanted to disrupt the secular harmony so that the two nation theory becomes successful.
Jammu and Kashmir state is the crown of India and a mosaic of plural identities living in a spirit of peace and brotherhood. 22 October is a call to all peace loving citizens to rise and defeat the communal game of Pakistan, said Farooq Ganderbali chairman JKYDF .
Advocate Ghulam Nabi said that 22 Oct 1947 is the day of invasion of Jammu and Kashmir. To call it tribal raid is a misnomer. Tribals were used by Pakistani Army as the frontal hordes to hide the nature of regular invasion of Jammu and Kashmir state. The day is the Blackest Day because this invasion broke up the state and rendered thousands and lakhs of Hindus and Sikhs as refugees in their own state. Thousands were killed and abducted during the invasion. We have to remember all those who perished during the invasion. We have also to remember that Pakistan broke up the state and captured almost half of it. The people in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are denied all rights of freedom and during these years we have only seen a sham democracy on that side and also the colonization by the Pakistani citizens.
This day reminds us of the challenges to the peace, harmony unity and integrity of the state.
22 Oct 1947 was also the beginning of asymmetric war against India. This asymmetric war is continuing till now and devising a befitting response to put an end to this war is a challenge before India and particularly the people of Jammu and Kashmir state.
Er Gh Hassan , Chairman HKMCC for taking an initiative which is the need of the hour in these trying circumstances in the state. He said that by observing BLACK DAY on Oct 22, we will pay homage to lakhs of people killed, maimed and looted in 1947 by the invaders. innocent women who were robed, raped, kidnapped, and killed by the raiders in Pakistan occupied Kashmir
Er Gh Hassan Said “During the past, Pakistan agencies used to force and money for Kashmiris through separatists to observe Black Day on October 27 which coincides with the arrival of Indian army in Srinagar.
The speakers during the seminar highlighter how Tribal militia unleashed reign of terror and unprovoked aggression against people of Jammu and Kashmir violated state’s sovereignty, A number of prominent speakers including Advocate Rouf Riyaz , Advocate Bashir Ahmad , Dr Bilal Ahmad Dar, General Secretary JKYDF Omer Bhat , Er Gh Hassan Chairman HKMC, Advocate G.N.Wani former Secretary state Human Rights, Trade Leader Ghulam Hassan Rather , Journalist Ajaz Ahmad , Social activist , Mohd Yousf Sheikh, Jatinder Singh Sikh leader and Social Activist Adv. Bilal Ahmad Bhat spoke on the occasion.