Kashmir Solidarity Day observed with renewed pledge

ISLAMABAD: People across the country and in Azad Kashmir observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Saturday renewing the pledge for continued support to their brethren in Held Kashmir against the Indian atrocities.

Rallies were staged in almost all cities and towns of country and Azad Kashmir with demand for cessation of Indian hostilities in the Held Valley and an end to illegal occupation of the valley by India.

February 5 had been declared as a public holiday whereby the government and the entire nation reaffirmed support to stay with Kashmiris in the hour of trial and their fight against the Indian oppression.

As a mark of respect to the valiant struggle of Kashmiris in Held Kashmir, one-minute silence was observed at 10:00 AM – bringing all rail and road traffic across the country to standstill.

As per previous years, a mega event on Kashmir Solidarity Day was the ‘Human Chain’, which was formed at Kohala Bridge to convey to the world that people of Kashmir and Pakistan have deep-rooted sympathies with each other.

The human hands chain formed both by Pakistani and Kashmiri people is aimed at demonstrating the unity and fraternity of this fact that both the people have bonds of love and affection towards each other.

Special messages have been released by the country’s leadership including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and federal ministers, besides Prime minister and president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and all of them have reaffirmed moral, political and diplomatic support to the struggle of Kashmiri people.

Different political parties, civil society and trade organizations staged rallies to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and to continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support.

While, radio and television channels presented special programmes, e-media and print newspapers brought out special supplements highlighting the cause of Kashmiris and the perspective of the Kashmir movement.

Stringent security measures had been adopted across the country for walks and functions and to thwart any untoward incident and act of sabotage.

Seminars, conferences and meetings were held in different parts of country and abroad to mark the Day wherein pledge was renewed for the right to self-determination for the Kashmiri people urging the world nations to play their role in giving Kashmiris their just right.

A seminar to highlight the human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir was organized on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity day by the Pakistani community living in Berlin and its suburban areas under the aegis of Kashmir Forum Germany.

Speakers of the seminar appealed to the German Political leadership, human rights organizations and mediapersons to listen to the voice of the Kashmiri people who have been subjected to state tyranny for the last 63 years, said a press release.

They said Kashmiris have been deprived of their right of self-determination by the Indian government as promised by the United Nations resolutions and the then Indian leadership.

The human rights in the held valley have constantly been violated but the international community have yet to respond to the calls of people of Jammu and Kashmir, the speakers lamented.

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