KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed today (Tuesday) countrywide to express solidarity with the conflict region’s people who are fighting for freedom and for their inalienable right to self-determination under UN resolutions.
A public holiday has been announced in Pakistan, which will be commemorated throughout the world to show support for the Kashmiri people who, every day, fight the aggression and violence perpetrated by the occupying Indian army and security forces.
A number of rallies, seminars and public meetings are being organised in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other cities to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Human chains will be formed at Kohala, Mangla, Holar and Azad Pattan points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.
People belonging to different strata of society will also form a human chain at Islamabad’s D-Chowk to express solidarity with their oppressed Kashmiri brethren. A one minute silence will be observed at 10 am to pay homage to the martyrs of the liberation struggle of occupied Kashmir.
In Muzaffarabad, the main event of the day will be the special session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly which will be addressed by President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi.
Food will be distributed among the Kashmiri refugees in their camps at Muzaffarabd, Bagh, Kotli and Mirpur.
The Lahore Arts Council arranged different programmes on Monday to express unity with the people of Kashmir. The peaceful struggle of Kashmiris was highlighted in the photo exhibitions.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, in their separate messages on Kashmir Solidarity Day, reassured that Pakistan will remain consistent in its principled position on the Kashmir issue.
President Alvi said, “The entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination. It is our firm belief that Kashmiris will succeed in their struggle.”
PM Imran in his message said the freedom movement in occupied Kashmir is getting strength with every passing day. The premier deplored that seven decades have passed and the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir remains unresolved.
In a message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said: “We salute the unshaken commitment of Kashmiri people for the right of self-determination.”
“The brave people of occupied Kashmir had rekindled the freedom movement with their blood and the Pakistani nation is standing with their Kashmiri brethren,” he added.
The chief minister said people of Indian-occupied Kashmir were fighting a war for their survival and freedom, and that they had written a new history with their blood to achieve the goal of self-determination.
There was no other example to match such a brave struggle of Kashmiris for the right of self-determination, he added.
Earlier on Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said humanity was bleeding in occupied Kashmir since not a single action was taken against the people involved in the state-sponsored murders, torture, and rape.
“Worst human rights abuses being perpetrated by India just because Kashmiris want right of self-determination; we are here to express support to Kashmiris and all those who love freedom against Indian oppression,” Qureshi, who was speaking at the International Kashmir Conference, said.
It was encouraging to note such large support for Kashmir cause in the United Kingdom by all parties’ parliamentary group, he noted.
“Kashmiris are alien to the Indian state. Kashmiris want to be the masters of their own destiny. India is showing callousness to human rights but claims to be the world’s largest democracy.”