21 Oct 2020
In a first, local residents of Jammu Kashmir’s Srinagar installed 20×8 hoardings at different locations and neighborhoods of the city like Batamaloo , Gupkar Road, MA Road, Jehangir Chowk , Hyderpora, Wazirbagh etc.
The hoardings mark a commemoration of 22nd Oct 1947 as a Black Day in history of Jammu & Kashmir as it is the day when Pakistani tribesmen and newly formed military jointly invaded Kashmir starting from Muzzafarabad, moving towards Baramulla where the siege of Baramulla occurred and then onto Srinagar city before they were stopped by Indian Army. Before the Maharaja Acceded to India and ushered in the India army, Pakistan had caused blood bath with more than 20,000 Pakistani tribesman, holding swords, mounted on trucks, looted markets, raped women, killed men, burnt down homes, vandalized prayer places and even stole livestock from farmers.
This was an open violation of the agreement that Pakistan had made with the Maharaja of Kashmir- Hari Singh, who wished to remain as an independent state.
The Maharaja had no choice but to finally accede to India to protect his subjects from the invasion by Pakistan. This accession was followed by the Indian Army entering Kashmir as saviours on 27 Oct 1947.
As the 73rd anniversary of this Black day 22nd Oct 1947 approaches, these hoardings were installed by volunteers and workers from around the city, who claim to stand in solidarity with the victims of Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Kashmir that continues as a proxy war till date.