The Pakistan nation has observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Monday with a pledge to seek a solution to Kashmir dispute according to UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - 05th Feb, 2018) : The Pakistan nation has observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Monday with a pledge to seek a solution to Kashmir dispute according to UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. On a public holiday, Monday, the day dawned with special prayers at mosques for the freedom of Kashmiri people and their emancipation from Indian subjugation. Nation-wide one minute silence was observed at 10.
00 a.m. to honour Kashmiri martyrs. Rallies, public meetings, functions and seminars are being held in the length and breadth of the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to highlight the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir and different aspects of the Kashmir dispute. Human chains were formed at Kohala and Mangla bridges and other points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. Joint session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Jammu and Kashmir Council was held in Muzaffarabad.
The session was addressed by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. He on the occasion said that 200 million Pakistanis stand by the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination. Television channels and Radio stations are airing special programmes to highlight the Kashmir dispute and Indian brutalities against innocent Kashmiris. In Lahore, a ceremony was held to celebrate Kashmir Solidarity Day by the Unique Group of Institutions, in collaboration with the Punjab Higher education Department at Aiwan-e-Iqbal.
The ceremony was attended by Mushaal Mullick, Kashmiri leader Yaseen Malik, Provincial Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gilani and a large number of students and teachers from different institutions. Different documentaries encompassing the decades-old Kashmir struggle would also be shown. In Peshawar, a function in connection with Kashmir Solidarity day was held at Nishtar Hall on Monday. Addressing the function, the speakers asked the UN to implement its resolution Kashmir and allow the Kashmiri people to decide their future by themselves.
Participants of the rally in Peshawar displayed play cards in their hands inscribed with slogans in support for just struggle of Kashmiri people for their right to self determination. A photography exhibition in connection with Kashmir Day was also held in Peshawar. Similarly, a vehicular procession taken out from General Bus Stand Peshawar to express solidarity with Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, a rally was also taken out in D.
I.Khan and Tank to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren. Kashmir Day was first observed on February 5, 1990 after then prime minister Benazir Bhutto announced to practice it on national level upon Qazi Hussain Ahmad’s appeal. It is worth mentioning here that Indian forces have been continuing their violence in Kashmir for past 28 years during which 95 thousand Kashmiris were killed by more than six lac army personnel.
In their separate messages on Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have said that the dream of peace and prosperity in the region will remain elusive without resolving the Kashmir dispute. They called upon the international community to urge India to respect the Human Rights Charter, put an immediate end to gross human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir. In his message, President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan reiterates its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Occupied Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination right in accordance with UN resolutions.
The Prime Minister said the resolution of Kashmir dispute is essential for regional peace and development. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reiterated full support of the government and people of Pakistan to the just and legitimate right of the Kashmiri people for the peaceful resolution of the issue in line with their aspirations. The Prime Minister was addressing joint session of AJK Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council on the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
He said all the illegitimate use of force by the occupation forces in Kashmir had miserably failed to suppress indigenous freedom struggle. About 207 million Pakistanis supported their Kashmiri brethren in their struggle. The Prime Minister said there might be differences among the political leaders but on the Kashmir issue, all the leadership was united and there were no two opinions. He said the issue will remain alive till its peaceful resolution as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and the UN resolutions.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi underscored the need to involve the Pakistani and Kashmir diaspora to further highlight the Kashmir issue and the gross human rights violations committed by the Indian occupation forces. The Prime Minister, referring to the AJK Assembly and Council, said the house had been a seat of unanimity among different Kashmiri leaders, who lent unequivocal support to the people in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said the Kashmir Solidarity Day reflects a spirit of unity among all the ranks and files of the nation and the legitimate struggle of Kashmiris.
He reiterated that the government of Pakistan and its people will continue their political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris people struggling for their right to self-determination. Foreign Office says Pakistan stands by the Kashmiri people for the realization of their right to self determination as enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolutions. In a tweet, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said Kashmir shall become a part of Pakistan.
In his message, Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Pakistan for their unflinching support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the right to self-determination. He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Hurriyat appreciate the government of Pakistan and its leadership who has always extended all possible support to our political movement for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
The Mirwaiz said, the people of Kashmir have been battling hardships and oppression and they are being targeted by bullets and pellets. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been placed under house arrest by puppet authorities. The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Geelani has expressed gratitude to government of Pakistan and its people for their unflinching support to the people of Jammu Kashmir who are carrying on their just struggle for the past seven decades to achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.
Syed Ali Geelani in a message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, today, said people of Jammu and Kashmir are challenging a big power and Pakistan is the only country that extends its continuous support to their cause. “We are highly thankful to Pakistan for its categorical support and hope the country plays more effective role in this regard by activating all its embassies and allocating them the task of highlighting Kashmir issue and human rights violations,” Syed Ali Geelani said.
He said Kashmir is an internationally accepted issue. He also paid tributes to former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmad for his supreme services for the Kashmir cause. Syed Ali Geelani said after the executions of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Butt, Burhan Wani’s martyrdom gave a new light to the movement. He reiterated that Kashmiris will fight for their rights on international platforms instead of adopting any apologetic stance.
Mishal Malik, wife of Kashmiri leader Yaseen Malik, also promised not to relax until getting freedom from India. Other Hurriyat leaders including deputy Grand Mufti, Nasirul islam, Hilal Ahmad War, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Mir Shahid Saleem, Bilal Siddiqui, Farida Behanji, Yasmeen Raja, Fazle Haq Qureshi, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javed Ahmad Mir, Imtiaz Reshi, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Ghulam Nabi War, Muslim League, Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement Chairman and Muhammad Shafi Lone in their messages also thanked Pakistan for observing the day.