On August 14, 2016, Pakistani nation commemorated 70th anniversary of its Independence Day with usual national zeal and fervor. All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues were decorated with illuminations, national flags, posters, and banners.
The main event of the day was the flag hoisting ceremony at the Convention Center in the federal capital Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain, the chief guest at the event, which was attended by country’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and Pakistan Army Chief. Mamnoon Hussain in his address expressed country’s undivided support for the liberation of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Valley.
On Sunday Pakistan’s ambassador to India Abdul Basit said in New Delhi that Pakistan was dedicating its Independence Day to the liberation of Indian occupied Kashmir.
“As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, we are dedicating this year’s Independence Day to the freedom of Kashmir. An we firmly believe that the sacrifices made by the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not go in vain,” Basit said.
Leaders of the ruling BJP has urged Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to expel Abdul Basit immediately.
Under British India Partition agreement, princely state of Jammu and Kashmir being a Muslim-majority (80%) was supposed to join Pakistan but Indian leaders backed-down from their promises – invaded and occupied 2/3 of the state in 1947.
On February 22, 2016, professor Nivedita Menon (Jawaharlal Nehru University) told her students: “Everyone knows that India is illegally occupying Kashmir. Everybody accepts it.” Listen below.
“There were more than 200 incidents of rape in Doda in January 1994 alone. Rape continues to be a major instrument of Indian repression against the Kashmiri people while the majority of casualties in Kashmir are civilians. The Indian authorities have also steadfastly refused to allow any independent monitoring of the situation,” says professor Prasenjit Maiti (Rurdwan University, W. Bengal, India).