The government and the people of Pakistan and Kashmiri people on Friday observed the 76th anniversary of the Indian troops’ landing in Jammu and Kashmir as a ‘Black Day’.
The president, the prime minister and the foreign minister, in their special messages on the occasion, reiterated Pakistan’s unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir Cause.
They also underscored the need to reverse India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019, which have triggered a process aimed at changing the demographic structure and political landscape of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
The foreign minister addressed letters to the President UN General Assembly, the President UN Security Council, the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OIC Secretary General to apprise them of the latest situation in IIOJK.
In the letters, the foreign minister called for the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine their own future.
He requested the international community to urge India to immediately release the political prisoners and dissenters, including Yasin Malik, for whom the Indian authorities had sought a death penalty.
The foreign secretary briefed the Islamabad-based diplomatic missions on the situation in IIOJK. He also highlighted the legal, security and human rights dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
A ‘Protest Walk’ was also held from Foreign Office to ‘D-Chowk’ on the Constitution Avenue in Islamabad. It was led by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi, and participated by the officers and staff members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A range of activities, including public rallies, seminars, webinars, panel discussions and photo exhibitions, were organised throughout the country to mark the ‘Black Day’.
With the active participation of Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora, Pakistan’s diplomatic missions around the world also arranged special events to raise global awareness about India’s decades-long occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir Black Day observed at Pakistan Embassy, Beijing
The Embassy of Pakistan organised an event on Friday to observe the Kashmir Black Day as 76 years ago, on 27 October 1947, India without any legal justification, forcibly took control of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Since then, India has continued to blatantly deny the people of Kashmir their right to self-determination as stipulated by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
During the event, the special messages from the President, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Pakistan were read, underlining Pakistan’s continued political, moral and diplomatic commitment and support to the Kashmir cause. Qian Feng, a distinguished Chinese scholar and expert on South Asia, also spoke.
At the event, Deputy Head of Mission, Bilal Mahmood Choudhary said that Pakistan stood with Kashmiri brothers and sisters who had endured immense suffering under the Indian illegal Occupation of Jammu & Kashmir over the last seven decades.
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He reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support for the just cause of the Kashmiri people and called for an immediate end to the human rights violations in IIOJK. The DHM also called upon the international community to play its rightful role in a peaceful and lasting resolution of the longstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The Embassy had also arranged a photo exhibition on this occasion depicting Indian atrocities in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
No power on earth can crush Kashmiris struggle for freedom: Solangi
Caretaker Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi said on Friday that no power on earth could crush the Kashmiris freedom movement, who were struggling for the right to self-determination promised by none other than the United Nations in its several resolutions.
Addressing the participants of a rally organized here marking October 27, the black day to protest against Indian illegal occupation of the then princely state in 1947.
The minister said that the history of oppression of the Kashmiri people spanned over centuries.
He said that on this day in 1947, India landed its troops in the valley in violation of international law.
He lamented the champions of human rights and democracy, who raise their voice against any injustice across the world were silent over the Kashmiri genocide at the hands of Indian occupation forces.
Murtaza Solangi opined despite the increasing repression, the desire for freedom has increased among Kashmiris manifold.
With the increase in tyranny and repression, the spirit of freedom among Kashmiris has got more momentum, he maintained.
The minister said that India had not only grossly violated UN Security Council resolutions but also it violated its own constitution by refusing to grant the right to self-determination to the Kashmiri masses.
The minister said for durable peace in the world was imperative to ensure just solution of Kashmir disputes.
Thousands participate in dozens of Kashmir Black Day events across Balochistan
Dozens of events including protest rallies, seminars, speech competitions etc. were organized across the province of Balochistan on Friday to mark Kashmir Black Day.
Thousands of people participated in the events to pay tribute to Kashmiris against Indian atrocities.
As the Indian troops had invaded Jammu and Kashmir on 27th October in 1947, the day is observed by Kashmiris across the world as “Black Day” to convey a strong message to the world that they reject illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India.
Black day observed in AJK against Indian occupation
People of Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) observed Black Day on Friday against 76 years of Indian Illegal military occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, a rally named “Indian Army Withdrawal” was organized under the aegis of Pasban-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir in front of press club here which was participated by hundreds of people.
Rally was led by Chairman Pasban-e-Hurriyat Uzair Ahmed Ghazali, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Usman Ali Hashim, Shaukat Javed Mir, Javed Ahmed Mughal, Dr. Muhammad Manzoor, Khalid Mehmood Zaidi, Khawaja Muhammad Sadiq, Ishaq Shaheen, Ali Muhammad Butt, Chaudhary Ismail, Muhammad Mushtaq Chaudhary, Alif Din Dar and others.
While addressing the rally, the speakers said that on October 27, 1947, India occupied Jammu and Kashmir against the will of the Kashmiri people and created an atmosphere of lawlessness and violence in South Asia, especially in Kashmir.
They said that India’s occupation of the state was a clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The UNSC has passed a dozen of resolutions for referendum in Jammu and Kashmir as a political solution of the state, but unfortunately, this supreme body has completely failed to implement these resolutions.
Speakers at a recent event said that the Kashmiri people have been fighting for their freedom and right to self-determination for the last 76 years. They added that India has failed to crush the Kashmiri freedom struggle through military repression, atrocities, terrorism, black laws, mock military encounters, military sieges, and crackdowns.
The speakers further said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will continue their movement for freedom from Indian occupation.
Speakers appealed the United Nations to ensure the implementation of the resolutions passed for a free, fair and impartial Plebiscite for the just solution of Kashmir issue.
The speakers said that India should know that its occupation on Kashmir will never be accepted.
Global Community to give up its silence on Indian brutalities: Mushaal
Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Human Rights and Women Empowerment Mushaal Hussein Mullick on Friday called upon the global community to give up its silence on Indian state terrorism and brutalities unleashed on people of the war-battered and besieged Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and take practical steps to ensure resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute as per the UNSC resolutions.
In her video message on the Black Day, Mushaal said that on October 27, 1947, Indian troops had invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it in total violation of the partition plan of the subcontinent and against the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Since then, she added that Indian brutal forces had been engaged in the genocide and massacre of the Kashmiri people.
This Day, she added, Kashmiris on both sides of the line of control and across the world marked October 27 as Black Day today to convey a strong message to the world that Kashmiris rejected illegal occupation of their motherland by terrorist Indian state and would not rest till they achieved their cherished goal of freedom from it, Mushaal added.
Senate passes resolution strongly reaffirming Pakistan’s solidarity with Kashmiris
The Senate on Friday unanimously passed a resolution strongly reaffirming Pakistan’s solidarity with the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination. The resolution moved by Senator Kamil Ali Agha, reiterated Pakistan’s moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people.
The resolution strongly condemned the Indian brutalities and killing of thousands of innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). It urged the International community for the expeditious formation of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the gross human rights violation in IIOJK.
The house also rejected the conduct of fake elections in the held valley, adding the violates the UNSC resolutions which stipulated that the final disposition of the disputed territory would be made in accordance with the aspiration of Kashmiri people through the conduct of a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN.
Ahad Cheema acquitted in NAB reference
An accountability court on Friday acquitted Ahad Cheema, the special assistant to the caretaker prime minister, in assets beyond means reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Accountability Judge Ali Zulqarnain had reserved the ruling on the acquittal plea after hearing arguments of the NAB prosecutor and the defence counsel earlier in the day. Cheema also appeared before the court during the proceedings.
On Nov 27, in a supplementary report, NAB informed the court that Cheema’s assets were consistent with his known income, asserting that properties held by alleged benamidars/relatives were not his. Based on evidence, the case under NAO, 1999, was not substantiated, it added.
Cheema had served as the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general during the PML-N government in Punjab. The bureau had arrested Cheema in 2018 when he appeared before a joint investigation team in connection with the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme case.
Later, NAB initiated assets beyond means and other inquiries against him. However, Cheema obtained bail in three cases, including assets beyond means case in 2021.
Bilawal consults legal minds on ZAB reference
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday consulted legal minds of his party on the presidential reference case of his late grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The development came during a meeting of central and provincial officials as well as legal experts of the Peoples Lawyers Forum (PLF) at Zardari House here. Bilawal chaired the meeting.
During the meeting, the PLF officials briefed Bilawal on the presidential reference case of ZAB. Farooq H Naik and Shahadat Awan participated in the meeting through video link while Qazi Bashir, Bahram Khan Tareen, Raheel Kamran Cheema, Sajid Tanoli, Gohar Rehman Khattak, Ghiyasul Haque and Asrar Abbasi were present.
Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Faisal Karim Kundi, Raza Rabbani and Amna Paracha were also present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, a civil society delegation also met with Bilawal and discussed the challenges faced by the masses and their solutions.
Bilawal appreciated the delegation for their services and performance in their respective fields.
Ahmed Faraz Khan Advocate, Barrister Saifullah Ghori, Bilal Tariq Khan, Dr Abdul Mohiman, Dr Maria Hamid, Dr Salma Malik, Faheem Sardar, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir, Huma Fawad, Jahanzeb Durrani and Kanwal Malik were among those who met the PPP chairman.
Lubna Bhayat, SM Tariq, Javed Akhtar, Pir Mohammad Anwar, Junaid, Raja Mohammad Khan, Sania Kamran, Shehbaz Zaheer, Shamamata Al Ambararbab, Buland Sohail, Kashaf Ahmed, Talha Rahmani, Osama Malik, Usman Iqbal Bandal and Yusuf Masih were part of the delegation. PPP Information Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi was also present on this occasion.
SC to take up appeals against military trial verdict on Dec 13
The Supreme Court is set to take up high-profile cases in the coming week, including the appeals against its verdict in the trial of civilians in military courts and pleas filed by Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi.
A Supreme Court larger bench will hear on Dec 13 the intra-court appeals against its judgment in the case of civilians being tried in military courts. The appeals have been filed by the caretaker governments and the defence ministry.
On Oct 23, a five-judge bench of the SC unanimously declared the trial of civilians in military courts as null and void and ordered that the 103 accused in cases relating to the violence on May 9 and 10 be tried under ordinary criminal laws.
Moreover, Justice Naqvi, who is facing complaints of misconduct, recently wrote a letter to the top court’s three senior-most judges’ panel to point out the silence over his petitions challenging the issuance of a show-cause notice to him by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) despite the lapse of time as stipulated in the SC (Practice & Procedure) Act, 2023.
A three-judge bench, comprising Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail and Justice Musarrat Hilali, will hear his petitions on December 15.
A nine-member larger bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa will take up a presidential reference for revisiting the judgment wherein the death sentence of PPP founder and former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was endorsed.
The bench will conduct its proceedings in courtroom No. 1 on December 12. These decisions were made by the SC three-member committee comprising CJP Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Ijazul Ahsan.
The other high-profile cases that will be tackled by the SC in the coming week include the evacuation of illegal Afghan residents, reclassification of commercial land in Karachi, and reinstatement of the FIR against PTI leader Moonis Elahi.
The top court has scheduled the hearing for petitions challenging the evacuation of foreign nationals, especially Afghan citizens, residing unlawfully in the country.
A three-judge bench, comprising Justice Masood, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ayesha Malik, will hear these pleas on December 12.
Farhatullah Babar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Amina Masood Janjua, Mohsin Dawar, Jibran Nasir, Syed Muaz Shah, Pastor Ghazala Parveen, Imaan Zainab Mazari, Ahmad Shabbar, Advocate Imran Shafiq, Luke Victor, Sijal Shafiq, and Rohail Kasi are contesting the evacuation orders.
In a separate case, the dismissal of a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) case against PTI’s Moonis by a special judge in Lahore and then the upholding of that decision by the Lahore High Court, has been challenged in the SC.
The FIA has filed an appeal against the dismissal, leading to a review in the apex court.
Moreover, the SC, previously deliberating on the powers of the caretaker government, directed the attorney general for Pakistan (AGP) to assist the court in forming a larger bench to interpret its authority.
In addition, review petitions challenging the decision on the reclassification of land in Karachi to commercial status will be heard in the coming week as well. A three-judge bench, led by Justice Ahsan, is scheduled to hear the matter on December 11.
The court has issued notices to all relevant parties, including the Sindh government, following its earlier ruling invalidating the conversion of public land into residential and commercial categories.
These petitions stem from a challenge initiated in 2010 by former Karachi nazim Niamatullah Khan against the alteration of public land’s categorisation.
A five-judge bench, led by CJP Isa, will also take up on December 14 former Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s petition against his removal.
It is expected that the proceedings of both Bhutto and the ex-IHC judge’s cases will be available on the SC website.
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