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    Fury Online as Pakistani Servicemen Attend Music Concert to Observe Kashmir 'Black Day'

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Parliament scrapped the decades-old special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in August. Soon afterwards Delhi clamped down on the region with curfews and communications blackout. Several restrictions have reportedly been lifted recently, and services to post-paid phone numbers have been normalised as well.

    As Pakistan observed “Black Day” in Islamabad to show solidarity with Kashmiris on Sunday, some photographs and video clips of Pakistani army personnel dancing with pop singer Humaira Arshad have literally ignited social media.

    The army faced netizens’ wrath after videos of the event were shared by model and singer Humaira on social media, forcing her to promptly delete them in view of the strong backlash.

    ​The event was organised by Pakistan's military Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) media wing and aimed to give officers the opportunity to express solidarity with Kashmiris living in Indian-administered Kashmir.

    The result, however, was that many people in India and Pakistan met the event with sharp criticism.

    ​Demanding the immediate lifting of the curfew and communications blackout in Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had called for the observance of “Black Day” to express "unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support" to the people of Kashmir.

    State-run Radio Pakistan reported that several programmes, including rallies and seminars, were planned throughout the country to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.


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