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Observing a Black Day, the United Kashmir Peoples National Party (UKPNP) urged Pakistan to hold peaceful talks with India and withdraw its forces from Gilgit-Baltistan and occupied Kashmir.
People in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) today are observing October 22 as a "Black Day" as it was on this day in 1947 that Pakistani Army disguised as tribal invaders had attacked the princely undivided State of Jammu and Kashmir.
"Today is a very important day in the history of Kashmir as on 22 October 1947, Pakistan had sent its armed forces and Kabailis into Kashmir and had violated the standstill agreement. This day today is observed as black day," UKNP leader Zamil Masood said.
"Today, our party, the United Kashmir People's National Party, its UK branch, Europe and all Kashmiris from Pakistan demand that Pakistan remove its forces from Gilgit-Baltistan and from Azad Kashmir and should hold peaceful table talks with India,” he added.
“They should take the initiative by ending the proxy war and speed up efforts to for the resolution of the Kashmir issue, because, a proxy war or any other kind of war is not the solution", said Masood.
Masood further added that it is the 21st century and Pakistan should give rights to people, and should hold peaceful talks with India.
Kashmiris across PoK are observing the day by demanding the immediate withdrawal of Pakistani forces from their territory.
Echoing similar sentiments, another UKPNP leader, Aftab Khan said that they demand the international community especially; civil society of the region to use their influence on government of Pakistan to withdraw their armed forces from forcefully occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.