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August 5 – A black day for IO Kashmir

August 5 is being observed as a black day as it marks the completion of 3 years since the people of IO Kashmir were deprived of their fundamental human rights.

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On August 5, 2019, the Indian Parliament approved a resolution to nullify the special status, or autonomy, granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Jammu and Kashmir is a region controlled by India as a state that is made up of the larger portion of Kashmir, which has been the subject of a dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.

Ever since, Kashmir has been functioning under a particular strategic plan to alter the status of its Muslim majority by killing innocent Muslims and establishing Hindus in Kashmir by giving them Kashmiri domicile. Since August 5, 2019, Indian troops are said to have killed around 700 Muslims in Indian-occupied Kashmir. These numbers include a sizable percentage of women and children, as well as Kashmiri Freedom fighters who were falsely classified as mujahideen.

Additionally, the Indian-occupied Kashmir was put under lockdown, and all communications were completely cut off. The lockdown lasted from August 5, 2019, through February 5, 2021. No journalists or activists were permitted on the territory, and when Indian troops searched homes and imprisoned residents, the populace feared for their safety.

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Pakistanis have consistently demonstrated support for their Kashmiri brothers and sisters. Pakistan seeks a peaceful and equitable resolution to the conflict, which is now even more crucial given the shifting dynamics of regional politics.

Prime Minister Azad Jammu Kashmir posted a message on his twitter account.

The people of IO Kashmir have a right of self-determination and they have withstood and endured Indian barbarism for too long now. A UN led referendum is probably the only fair way to resolve the issue so that the future generations of Kashmiri people can have a taste of freedom.

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