ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day today with renewed commitment for bringing the issue to the limelight and to express wholehearted support of the nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under the UN resolutions.
The events will be organised in a novel manner to expose the tattered and sham face of so-called Indian democracy prevailing in Delhi that ripped off the special status of Kashmir on August 05, 2019.
The day was first observed back in 1991 when the entire political leadership of the country unanimously expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.
The brutal occupant Indian forces had unleashed the worst human rights abuses and violence on the innocent Kashmiri people in its aftermath making around 8 million people hostage under military siege.
In order to express solidarity and boost the morale of the Kashmiris, Prime Minister Imran Khan will address a public gathering at Kotli in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) while the Opposition alliance will also hold a rally in Muzaffarabad.
One minute silence will be observed at 10:00am across the country. Solidarity walks will be arranged in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit and four provincial headquarters.
Human chains will be formed at Kohala, Mangla, Holar and Azad Pattan points linking Pakistan and AJK. Besides different parts of Pakistan, the Kashmir solidarity rallies will also be held in the rest of the world.
The Pakistan government has announced a public holiday in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day today.
In their separate messages on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Arif Alvi and PM Imran Khan have called upon the international community to hold India accountable for its crimes against humanity in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
In his message, the president said the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of Kashmiri people is key to durable peace in South Asia.
Calling self-determination one of the fundamental rights codified in the United Nations Charter, he said the denial of this right and subjugation of Kashmiris is the very negation of human dignity.
In his message, PM Imran said Pakistan will remain unshakable in its solidarity with the Kashmiri people until they realize their inalienable right to self-determination.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolute support for the Kashmiri brothers and sisters, who continue to be subjected to an inhuman military siege and communications blockade since August 5, 2019.
The prime minister demanded India to give access to the international human rights organizations, as well as the international media to investigate the grave human rights situation in the occupied territory.