The latest spate of unrest in the Indian-held Kashmir – killing nearly 50 unarmed Kashmiris while wounding many others during 12 days of unrest – has jolted the world.
The world leaders and organisations advocating for human rights have been demand an end to violence in Kashmir for years.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.
Although Kashmiris had decided to join Pakistan on July 19, 1947, clearly even before its independence, it remained a disputed region until today.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989 when the armed rebellion against Indian rule erupted.
Pakistan has never forgotten to raise the issue of Kashmir on the international front whenever it is required.
In his message on ‘Black Day,’ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan stands firm with Kashmiris in their continuous struggle for freedom from the unjust Indian rule and added that the day is nearing when they would be free.
He reiterated that the world must recognise Kashmir and its struggle for freedom.
Speaking to a larger gathering of a ‘Black Day’ event in Islamabad, Premier’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz said freedom fight in Kashmir could not be labelled as terrorism.
Without the participation of Kashmiri leadership, the conflict could not be resolved, he added.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani has sought the intervention of the United Nations (UN) and the world against a grave new wave of state terror in the Indian-held Kashmir.
Both Pakistan and Kashmir want a solution to the conflict as per the UN policies that could give Kashmiris a safe and secure future.
The upheaval began after the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, a commander for the Hizbul Mujahedeen, fighting to separate Kashmir from Indian rule.
Wani was part of a new generation of young, educated Kashmiris freedom fighters using social media to spread their demands for independence from Indian rule, turning growing Internet use in the restive region into a powerful recruiting tool.
Wani, whose death in a shoot-out with Indian forces has triggered deadly clashes with protesters in Indian-held Kashmir, was the son of a headmaster who excelled at school before he left home aged just 15 to join the region’s largest group.