ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world are observing the Indian Independence Day, on Saturday (today) as Black Day and a complete shutdown is being observed on this occasion in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Call for the strike has been given by the veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Geelani, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum and supported by almost all Hurriyat leaders and organizations.
The veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Geelani, in a message said that a nation that resorted to usurpation and deprived others of their freedoms, lost every right to celebrate its freedom.
The APHC spokesman in a statement deplored that all basic human rights and civil liberties had been ruthlessly snatched and violated by India in the occupied territory.
Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in its statement in Srinagar said that the muscular move of August 5, 2019, regarding the occupied territory by the Indian government and its most brutal implementation was the most sordid chapter in the tragic saga of Jammu and Kashmir. It said that India’s illegal 5th August action was against international law, UN Charter and the 4th Geneva Convention.
Meanwhile, the occupation authorities continue to impose strict restrictions across the occupied territory to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. The authorities have converted the valley, particularly Srinagar, into a military garrison by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in every nook and corner. In Srinagar, thousands of troops and policemen are patrolling the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to thwart any attempt of people to stage anti-India demonstrations.
A cricket Stadium in Sonawar area of Srinagar where the main function is scheduled has virtually been turned into a fortress. High-rise structures around the venue have been taken over by sharp shooters.
Scores of mobile bunkers have popped up in Srinagar where people are being subjected to frisking and identification checks. The movement of people is also being constantly monitored through the close circuit cameras (CCTVs) that are installed at various places in the city. Besides it sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squad have also been pressed into service. Ariel surveillance is also being maintained with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Reports of heightened security have also been received from other parts of the territory. The so-called security has also been beefed along the Srinagar-Jammu highway.