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Kashmir Black Day at Ottawa


The Kashmiris and Canadians of Pakistani origin held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Canadian Parliament to condemn the humanitarian disaster prevailing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The event was organized by Kashmir Committee of National Capital Region.

The demonstrators held placards and banners highlighting sufferings of the Kashmiris at the hands of Indian armed forces in occupied Kashmir. They chanted slogans against human rights violations in the valley to draw the attention of the international community towards the draconian human rights violations against the innocent civilians.

They urged the Canadians and international community to take cognizance of the illegal steps India has taken to subjugate Kashmiris. They demanded the United Nations Security Council to implement its resolutions regarding granting of the right of self-determination to Kashmiris.

The protestors urged the Canadian legislators and the government to take up the issue of human rights violations with the Indian government.

Raza Bashir Tarar High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada, also attended the event. He stated, ““Use of pellet guns, abduction, illegal imprisonment, destruction of residential property and a complete communication blackout are some of the pernicious manifestations of the illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir.”

The High Commissioner said that Kashmiris are caged like animals in their homes without access to health and educational facilities; their political leadership has been arrested; 13,000 students have been picked up and taken to unknown locations; youngsters are being blinded with pellet gunshots and underlined that the sufferings could lead to radicalisation of the Kashmiris who, otherwise are seeking the realization of their inalienable right to self determination.

He informed the gathering that due to Pakistan’s efforts spearheaded by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the World has woken up to the plight of the Kashmiris and the Indian government’s draconian approach has elicited international criticism and condemnation.

He concluded by expressing deep appreciation for Pakistani Canadians who have spared no efforts to protest against the Indian brutalities in Kashmir and sensitize their compatriots about the ethical, moral and humanitarian disaster that is prevailing and worsening in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.