Black Day was observed at the Embassy to express solidarity with the Kashmiris’ valiant struggle for the realization of their right to self-determination. To protest against the brutalities being perpetrated against defenceless Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces, Pakistanis living across Lebanon enthusiastically participated. President and Prime Minister’s messages on the occasion were read out to the participants. The audience was also shown a short video documentary depicting the human tragedy taking place in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir at the hands of Indian security forces.
Speakers on the occasion, expressed their anger and frustration at the barbarities being committed in the IOK by Indian security forces with impunity. Instead of fulfilling the commitments it gave at the UN i.e., a fair and impartial plebiscite in the State of Jammu & Kashmir under the UN auspices, India had let loose a reign of terror there. They found it bewildering that a country in violation of about a dozen UN Security Council Resolutions for seven decades had the audacity to seek a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. It was stressed that the hearts of Pakistanis and Kashmiris throb in unison and Pakistanis will continue to support their Kashmiri brothers in their just struggle. They also expressed their despair and disappointment at the international community, particularly the UN, in not playing its due role in resolving the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.
Towards the conclusion, Mr. Ishtiak Ahmed Akil, Charge’ d’Affaires (a.i.) shed light on the various dimensions of the J&K dispute. He saluted the heroic struggle of Kashmiris in the face of continuing terror and oppression. He remarked that India cannot suppress the aspirations of brave Kashmiris people by terrorizing them and, in sha Allah, they will be rid of the Indian yoke of subjugation. He encouraged Pakistani community to educate their Lebanese friends on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. Drawing parallels between the Palestine and Kashmir issues, he said that Lebanese people can comprehend the situation much better since like Pakistan, Lebanon faces a militarily much stronger neighbour, having unjustly occupied Lebanese territories and committing almost daily violations of Lebanese sovereignty at will.
He underscored Pakistan’s undaunted commitment to the resolution of the J&K dispute under relevant UN Security Resolutions in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. He expressed that the freedom-loving nations of the world can no longer look the other way from the suffering of the Kashmiri people and hoped that principles of human dignity, human rights and justice would take precedence over political expediencies and commercial interests.
27 October 2017
Last modified: November 24, 2019
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