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To show solidarity with the people of Kashmir, the Embassy of Pakistan organized an event to observe the Kashmir Black Day in Dakar today.

2. Pakistani community members residing in Senegal and six currently accredited countries, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Cote d’ Ivoire were invited to attend. A large number of community members attended the event, wearing black arm bands. A sizeable number of local Senegalese belonging to academia, business community and some ex-parliamentarians also attended.

3. In his welcome remarks at the occasion, Ambassador Mohammad Imran Mirza thanked the audience for attending the Kashmir Black Day to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people struggling for their right of self-determination. Highlighting the Indian brutalities, he said that the Indian forces in fact were behaving like occupation forces, using pellet guns and live ammunition against the civilians with impunity. Deliberate targeting of eyes was highly deplorable and unheard of in the recent human history. The continuous curfew for over hundred days had made the lives of innocent Kashmiris miserable. By deliberately creating food shortages, the Indian government severely disrupted the lives and livelihood of the Kashmiri people.

4. The Ambassador informed the gathering that a new Kashmir was born after the assassination of Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri freedom fighter. Ever since, the Kashmiris had started freedom movement for thier legitimate right of self-determination as being indigenous, thus outrightly rejecting the Indian occupation. India must read the writing on the wall and implement the pending UN Security Council resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir for amicable resolution of this long outstanding dispute, he added.

5. Ambassador Mirza urged the community members and Senegalese friends in attendance, to lodge protests against this blatant Indian hegemony in front of the Parliament and other notable offices in Senegal, highlighting the heinous crimes being committed by the Indian forces. All responded enthusiastically, and assured to take this message, loud and clear, to the Senegalese political leadership, business community and policy influentials.

6. A documentary, featuring the atrocities of Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir and history of Black Day, was screened at the occasion, which the audience watched with utter sadness.

7. In the end, Dua-e-maghfirat was also prayed for the martyred innocent Kashmir brothers and sisters.

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