Oct 22 will always remain a black day in history of J&K: LG Manoj Sinha

Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said that October 22 will always remain a black day in the history of J&K, and on this day, the younger generation has to be made aware that Pakistan did not only shed the blood of innocent people and “Kashmiriyat” but also tried to divide people, a move that failed.

The LG made these remarks during his inaugural address at the National Symposium and Exhibition on “Memories of 22 October 1947” at SKICC on the banks of famous Dal Lake in Srinagar.

“The two-day Symposium and Exhibition is a medium to expose the atrocities inflicted by the Pakistani government and its army upon innocent women, children, and men of Jammu & Kashmir on October 22, 1947,” the LG said.

He said that the day reminds people of J&K and the rest of India, of all the atrocities meted out by Pakistan and its army on innocent civilians including young kids and women. “Even after 73 years, the pain and terror of Operation Gulmarg of Pakistan are fresh in our memories,” he added. 

The two-day event being held on 22nd and 23rd October is organized by the National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology at SKICC, Srinagar. A publication on “Memories of 22 October 1947” was also launched on the occasion.

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel graced the occasion through virtual mode.

The Lt Governor thanked the Union MoS for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, and Raghvendra Singh of the National Museum for exposing the truth of the black day of October 22, not just before the people of J&K, but the entire country and the whole world by organizing two-day National Symposium and Exhibition on “Memories of 22 October 1947”.

Terming them as a collective enemy of humanity, the Lt Governor said that the entire world knows about the actual perpetrators of terrorism and it is high time we join to defeat their evil designs by spreading communal harmony and love for humanity.

“We have decided to educate our new generations how this land, that preaches universal brotherhood, was trampled by Pakistan, its army, and its government on October 22, 1947. It was their mission to plant the seeds of communal hatred among the peace-loving people,” he said.

“Pakistan has been blatantly claiming that the raids were made by tribal Pashtuns, while the truth is that it was the Pakistan Army dressed as tribals. It is necessary to break the misconceptions that have been spread over the years. It is necessary to unmask Pakistan and its sympathizers,” he added.

It is documented that the Pakistani army and its proxies crossed Garhi Habibullah and attacked Muzaffarabad, and just as they ruthlessly killed civilians, they also murdered some of the soldiers.

-ARK