On Thursday, protests were held around the globe in order to mark the “black day” anniversary of October 22nd, 1947. For 5 days, Pakistani invaders committed all sorts of atrocities on the people of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The siege was countered after the Indian troops arrived.
Several symbols of solidarity to the sufferers of the black day were spotted across the world. In Nepal, Indian youths were spotted observing black day by paying homage to the sacrifices made by the millions of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs for the state of Kashmir.
In the capital of Netherlands, a bus was spotted in front of the peace palace housing the ICJ (International court of justice) with a board which said, “black day against illegal Pakistani occupation: seeking compensation for damages”.
In Washington, a huge car rally had been planned to observe the “remembrance day of Pakistan’s Brutal invasion of Jammu and Kashmir”. The finish line of the rally was in front of the Pakistani embassy. Protests in various forms also took place in Japan, United Kingdom, South Korea, Switzerland, Belgium, and Malaysia.
On the day, Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said, “All must not forget how Pakistan attacked people of Muzaffarabad (PoK) on 22nd October 1947. Thousands of men, women, and children were mercilessly killed. Also, we must not forget the sacrifices made by the people of Kashmir in the fight against Pakistan.”
1000 tribesmen (Lashkar) armed with swords, guns, and axes entered the Hari Singh ruled state. They were backed by the Pakistani military and led by the brigade commanders. Major General Akbar Khan commanded the force.
The 7th Infantry Division of the Pakistani army attacked the Murree-Abbottabad area. The Lashkar ran riot in the nearby areas. The main atrocities started after the combined forces reached Baramulla sector on 26th October.
“Young women were abducted and carried off without distinction of colour, caste or creed. Each raider tried to grab as much wealth or as many girls as he could,” officials say.
A two-day symposium cum exhibition is being held in Srinagar in order to mark the unfortunate day.