The Embassy of Pakistan held a meeting on 27 October 2013 to observe Kashmir Black Day. Speaking on the occasion, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait Syed Abrar Hussain recalled that 65 years ago India occupied Kashmir through military force on 27 October 1947 when Kashmiri people were demanding accession of their state to Pakistan. India took the issue to the UN Security Council which resolved that the dispute would be decided through a free and impartial plebiscite. Subsequently, Ambassador Hussain said, not only the UN but even Indian leadership promised the right of self determination for Kashmiri people time and again. Prime Minister Nehru is on record making commitments for a fair and impartial plebiscite in his several statements from 1947 to 1955. The Indian government had also clearly said on various fora that the Legislative Assembly of Kashmir did not have any mandate on the accession issue and that the Indian government would keep its promises of free and impartial plebiscite in the State.

Ambassador Hussain pointed out that as India backed out on its promises and refused to implement the UN resolutions, the Kashmiris were compelled to take to the streets. Unfortunately their mass uprising and peaceful protests were responded with military might by India. Thousands of Kashmiris have been martyred.

The Ambassador said that observance of Kashmir Black Day is aimed at reminding the international community that Kashmiris are still waiting for implementation of the UN resolutions which promise them their right to self determination. He reiterated that Pakistan would continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.

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