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Tribal Invasion 1947: JKYDF Observes Oct 22 as Black Day

Srinagar: October 22, 2018. (PCP) Like the previous years, the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Development Forum (JKYDF) Monday organised a day-long seminar on “Disturbance by Tribal Invasion in Jammu and Kashmir” at Nageen Club Conference Centre in Srinagar.

The event was organised on 72th anniversary of tribal invasion on Jammu and Kashmir by tribals backed and supported by Pakistan on this day in 1947. Speakers, who hailed from all walks of life, reminded the people that it was tribal invasion which created all problems for Kashmir and the people of both sides of J&K are paying for it till date.

Tribal invasion not only divided the state but laid foundation of sufferings and miseries for the people of both sides. Though separatists force people of Kashmir to observe October 27 as “Black Day”, and a huge funding is being provided to anti-India elements by Pakistan agencies to cover up the misdeeds of Pakistan, reality is that it is terrorists backed by the neighbouring country, who are reason for all the miseries on people of the state.

The speakers highlighted how tribal militia unleashed reign of terror and unprovoked aggression against people of Jammu and Kashmir and violated state’s sovereignty. Dr Mushtaq Ahmad, President DYA, said, “The tribal invasion brought in its wake horrifying stories of mass plunder, vandalism and rape. Thousands of men, women and children were mercilessly butchered in the name of so-called jihad.”

“The sufferings of those dark days of 1947 have no parallel in the world history,” he added.

Bashir Ahmad Sofi, Vice President JKYDF said that by observing Black Day on October 22, “we will pay homage to lakhs of people killed, maimed and looted in 1947 by the invaders. Innocent women who were robed, raped, kidnapped, and killed by the raiders in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.”

“Pakistan agencies have always used force and money to create unrest in Kashmir. Innocent killings, economic losses, involving Kashmiri youths into militancy by misinterpretation of religion are some of the gifts given by Pakistan to Kashmiris. Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Kashmir in the name of so-called freedom has destroyed the culture and tradition of Kashmiryat and sufisim,” he added.

Mohammad Yaseen Qureshi, a political and social activist said at the time of partition, Gilgit and Baltistan were legal and integral part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. “In a treacherous conspiracy Major Brown, a British, commander of Gilgit Scouts mutinied against the Maharaja and brought the area under illegal administrative control of Pakistan in November 1947 after the Maharaja had signed the Instrument of Accession with India. Many military historians wonder as to why India did not occupy the area despite the opportunity available during the final days of the war.”

“After the ceasefire, in 1949, Pakistan in a master stroke kept Gilgit, Baltistan, Hunza and Nagar under its direct control rather than including them in POJK or so called Azad Kashmir. For reasons unknown, the government of India turned a blind eye to this legal and historic blunder by Pakistan. Thus, the people of these areas, mainly Shias, were left at the mercy of the Sunni- dominated Pakistan which has through a well – executed plan changed the demography of the region. In 1970, the area was named as “Northern Areas”. The nadir was reached in 1974 when Bhutto scrapped the Citizenship Act allowing outsiders to freely buy property and settle in the region. Terror camps were also established in the area much against the wishes of the locals. Pakistan ever since continues to be the illegal occupier of Gilgit-Baltistan, exploiting its mineral and hydraulic wealth and denying the people the basic human and fundamental rights. There are no legal institutions, no medical facilities and no professional colleges. The revenue generated from tourism and other assets in the area is not utilised for the development of the area /welfare of the local residents,” he added.

Prof. Ghulam Mustifa Dar, said, “Jammu and Kashmir state is the crown of India and a mosaic of plural identities, living in a spirit of peace and brotherhood. October 22 is a call to all peace-loving citizens to rise and defeat the communal fundamentalism of Pakistan.”

On the occasion Farooq Ganderbali , Dr Bilal Ahmad , Ghulam Nabi, former Deputy Commissioner, Dr Manzoor Ahmad, former director , Ghulam Hassan Shah, social worker , Er Bashir Ahmad, social worker and president NEEFT , Wajid Nisar PhD student , Ghulam Hassan Shah, trade union leader and Omer Bhat also addressed seminar and made people of Kashmir aware regarding tribal attack on Kashmir by Pakistan.

They appealed to the international community to pressurize Pakistan to stop sending terrorists and drugs into Kashmir.