Kashmir Black Day, the annual commemoration of the landing of Indian security forces in Srinagar on Oct. 27, 1947, is observed every year to highlight the plight of Kashmiris caused by India’s deployment of 700,000 troops in the valley. Thousands of its inhabitants had been martyred. The Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest unresolved issues of the world and one that has always remained a top priority for many Islamic NGOs in Malaysia.
I would like to reaffirm full solidarity and support with the Kashmiri people in their legitimate struggle for self-determination through peaceful means and in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. On behalf of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia, I appreciate the commitment made for an early, peaceful and negotiated settlement of this dispute by Pakistan and hope that India demonstrates the same determination in order to give the peace process a significant push.
India’s illegal occupation of Kashmir is a dark chapter in the history of human rights. A continued denial of the right to self-determination to the Kashmiri people is morally unacceptable, economically unsustainable and politically inadmissible with regard to any scheme aimed at ensuring global and regional peace, stability and security. Kashmir can never be resolved without the participation and consensus of the people of Kashmir. Contrary to prevailing mythology, Kashmir is not merely a border quarrel between India and Pakistan. Its central concern is the self-determination and human rights of the Kashmiri people that have been scorned, mocked, and trampled on for more than 60 years.
The chilling suffering and misery of the Kashmiri people continues every day a peaceful resolution is deferred. We believe that the way to a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue lies in tripartite negotiations between India, Pakistan and the accredited leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir from both sides of the Cease-fire Line.
We call upon friends and sympathizers of the Kashmir cause in Malaysia and the region to express their solidarity with the oppressed of Jammu & Kashmir people.
Azril Mohd Amin