Pakistan marks Youm-e-Istehsal today

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Today, Pakistan is observing Youm-e-Istehsal express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people on completion of the one-year military siege of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

It has been one year since the revocation of Article 370 which ended IIOJ&K special status. Let’s go back and explore what has happened since and why. 

What Happened: On 5th August,2019,  900,000 troops deployed in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) to impose a strict curfew. Indian trained troops used excessive powers and laws to suppress the legitimate movement for self-determination, which was provided by the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) in 1948. India is denying their legal right and defaulter of the UNSC for 72 years.

Modi’s Crackdown and Fake Promises: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed direct rule last August, promising peace and prosperity after three decades of violence that have seen tens of thousands of people dying in uprising.

What’s happening in the Valley: Officials announced a two-day “full curfew” citing reports of expected protests in the region of seven million people, where locals have called for the anniversary to be marked as a “black day”.A “full curfew” means people can only move around with an official pass, usually reserved for essential services such as police and ambulances. The valley is already in lockdown to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, with most economic activities limited and public movement curtailed.

Pakistan’s move: Today as Pakistan is marking Youm-e-Istehsal,  Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to visit Muzaffarabad. Anti-India protests are also planned throughout Pakistan in all major cities.

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