Pakistan’s role in instigating a war with India on October 22, 1947, is set to be highlighted in Kashmir, with the Union government and the Union Territory (UT) of J&K gearing up to open a museum in Srinagar and hold a two-day event to document, reconstruct and bring alive the historic narrative of the hostile neighbour’s aggression.
On October 22, 1947, just over two months after Independence, the erstwhile princely state of Kashmir was invaded by Pakistani forces, which later resorted to vandalism and plunder. Officials said the day marked the beginning of the first India-Pakistan war, in which Pakistan used tribal militia and army to take over Srinagar. Four days after the attack, Maharaja Hari Singh signed an instrument of accession with India, following which Indian troops were airlifted to Srinagar from Delhi.
Every year, October 22 is observed as ‘Black Day’ by refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). A recent book, ‘Raiders in Kashmir’, by retired major general of Pakistan Army, Akbar Khan, documented Pakistan’s hand behind the aggression.