Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik on Wednesday called for observing August 15 black day “to convey India that it has by force snatched our freedom.”
In a statement issued here to a local news agency, KNS, the JKLF chairman has said Kashmiris are striving for freedom for the real peace and prosperity of the world.
“Who will be more familiar with the taste of freedom and the bitterness of slavery than Kashmiri nation that has been sacrificing and striving for freedom for last six decades?” Malik said.
He has said that in 1947 the Indian sub- continent got freedom from the British rule. “India gained this freedom after enormous sacrifices and struggle. For achieving freedom Indian nation sacrificed its thousands of men, women and tolerated the torture and oppression at the hands of British,” he said, adding, “The sacrifices given by this nation for freedom should have been enough motivation for the Indian nation and its leadership to recognize and honor the freedom of other nations.”
India, he said, should have been a torch bearer of freedom and champion of human rights “but alas, it is totally opposite.”
Only few days after getting its freedom, Malik said, Indian nation over powered a “tiny nation called Kashmir and with its military might snatch its freedom and subjugated its people.”
Yasin said that when Kashmiri’s “resisted the forced domination”, India went to United Nations and promised before the whole world that Kashmiri’s will be provided a chance to choose their fate.
“Even India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru promised the same in India parliament and Lal Chowk Srinagar while addressing people. But when Kashmiri’s tried to remind India of its promises they were and are being subjected to worst kind of oppression.”
Kashmiris, he said, should observe 15 August as a “black day”. He also called for peaceful protest, strike and other programs on the day to remind India and the world that Kashmir still remains “bleeding” and that resolving this issue is in the favor of lasting peace, brotherhood, development and stability of the world.
Malik also remembered Sheikh Abdul Aziz, calling the Peoples League chairman as a thorough gentleman, freedom lover and selfless leader.
“The martyrdom of Shaheed Aziz sahib strengthened the peaceful people’s revolution in Kashmir and this nation will always remember him and his sacrifices,” he said, emphasizing that the day of his martyrdom on 11th August will always be remembered.
Appealing people to observe ensuing Eid-ul-Fitr with modesty, he said that while celebrating the festival, people have to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Jammu Kashmir.