PoK observes 'Black Day' to mark invasion of Kashmir by Pakistani Army

News Agencies | First published: 22 October 2016, 10:24 IST
PoK observes 'Black Day' to mark invasion of Kashmir by Pakistani Army

People in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are observing 22 October as a "Black Day", as it was on this day, in 1947, that the Pakistani Army disguised as tribal invaders attacked the princely undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiris across POK are observing the day by demanding the immediate withdrawal of Pakistani forces from their territory.

In 1947, just months after partition, Pakistani forces, masquerading as tribals, attacked the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and indulged in plunder and the killing of innocents on an unprecedented level.

The tribals, known as Kabailies, were employed by Pakistan with a conspiracy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by executing a genocide on the people. It was an attack by Pakistani Pathans on the Kashmiri people.

Thousands of people were killed, women were raped, young women were abducted and their whereabouts are still not known.

To mark the day, a series of demonstrations and seminars are being held across PoK and in other parts of the world.

In Mirpur city, a rally is scheduled to take place in the afternoon and will be followed by a conference titled "Taqseem-e-Jammu and Kashmir Namanzoor" at Qaed-e-Azam Cricket Stadium.