On August 5, 2019, the Government of India, in one of the most illegal and fascist actions taken by a government in recent history, revoked the special status and autonomy that was granted by its own constitution to Jammu and Kashmir. When it committed this action, it also imposed several totalitarian restrictions, including cutting off communication lines in the Kashmir Valley, taking several leading Kashmiri politicians into custody and effectively forcing the Kashmiri people into silence and isolation from the world.

Three years later, the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) are still under this oppressive isolation. In 2020, Pakistan decided it will observe 'Youm-e-Istehsal' on this day to show solidarity. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the tragic reality of having to observe yet another Youm-e-Istehsal this year too, as the fascist abrogation of all international laws committed by India continues to its third year.

This year, on Youm-e-Istehsal, it is important to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people and...

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