CHICAGO. Pakistani and Kashmiri community members from Chicago and local academicians Friday denounced the ongoing Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and urged the United Nations to implement

its resolutions calling for the settlement of the decades-old dispute through a plebiscite.

The occasion was “Black Day”, which marks the anniversary of India’s massive invasion and occupation of Kashmir on 27 October 1947. It was largely attended.

Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi said that “Black Day” this year had added significance as Indian held Kashmir had
been in a state of siege and curfew since July after the cold-blooded killing of Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani by occupation forces.

He pointed out that India had unleashed horror in the valley and indulged in worst human rights violations. More than one hundred Kashmiris had been killed and thousands more injured, with some 150 blinded by the use of deadly pellet guns.

The Consul General also condemned incarceration of leading Hurriyat Conference leaders, including Yasin Malik, who had been denied appropriate medical help after being tortured at the hands of the military.

Tirmizi urged the participants to spread the account of plight that
the Kashmiris in their respective communities so that a narrative could
be built against Indian high-handedness and a global opinion could be created to buckle Indian oppression.

Other speakers at the occasion included Rizwan Qadir, Javed Rathore
and Dr Murtaza Arain, who also emphasized the need to highlight Indian violations of human rights globally and expressed satisfaction on the effective dissemination of the cause by the Government of Pakistan, especially during UN General Assembly session this year.

The speakers made forceful presentations and urged the participants to remain committed to highlighting the Kashmir issue until it is resolved in the light of the UN Security Council resolutions in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Discussion followed on the current tense the situation in Kashmir, especially at the Line-of-Control between India and Pakistan. The Consul General informed the audience that India was trying to create war hysteria among the masses which could have dangerous repercussions in the already charged up atmosphere.

Pakistan was committed to a peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute, however, it’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as its weakness in the face of any Indian misadventure.

He assured the members of the Kashmiri community in Midwest that the Government of Pakistan stood united with Kashmiri brothers and sisters in every step of the way in their valiant struggle for self-determination.

The Consul General expressed the belief that peaceful resolution of the dispute was the Sine qua non for regional stability and that the world must take pragmatic steps towards this goal instead of empty rhetoric.
Notable in attendance at the event were Dr Daoud Stephen Casewit, President of the American Islamic College, Chicago, Ms Linda Wilks, Amnesty International – Chicago, Imam Mukhtar Faezi, Bait ul Ilm masjid, Faraz Ahmed, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. Adnan Shafi, Kashmiri-American lawyer (from Srinagar),Ms. Marina Sofi, Kashmiri-American activist (from Srinagar) and Ms. Monica Mori, a University of Chicago alumna, and a permanent fixture in Chicago’s literary and academic circles.

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