On Monday, people all over Pakistan will observe Kashmir Solidarity Day to show their unwavering support for their fellow Kashmiris in their fight against human rights abuses in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
In a press release, the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs stated that all necessary preparations have been made to mark today’s Kashmir Solidarity Day appropriately both at home and abroad.
The ministry reports that walks in solidarity are being held around the nation, including in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Concurrently, a demonstration in support of the Kashmiri people was place on Constitution Avenue in Islamabad.
In connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, a rally has been taken out at Constitution Avenue in #Islamabad @PresOfPakistan @PakPMO @OfficialDGISPR @GovtofAJK @MoIB_Official @ForeignOfficePk #RadioPakistan #News https://t.co/mrBNtLjitf pic.twitter.com/G28WAwlmaN
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) February 5, 2024
At nine in the morning, there was also a minute of silence to honour the Kashmiri martyrs.
“Posters and billboards have been displayed around important Avenves, airports, and railway stations to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people,” stated the statement.
In addition, in honour of the day, educational institutions have scheduled essay writing competitions as well as debate and declamation events.
The right to self-determination is a fundamental tenet of international law, according to President Dr. Arif Alvi, but sadly, the Kashmiri people have not been allowed to exercise this unalienable right.
“Every year, the UN General Assembly passes a resolution that clearly supports the realisation of the right to self-determination for those who are occupied by foreign powers,” the president stated.
He noted that for the previous 26 years, the people of the IIOJK have struggled to realise their right to self-determination.
IIOJK is one among the world’s most militarised zones today. According to a news statement from President Secretariat news Wing, the president stated that people in Kashmir live in a climate of fear and intimidation.
The president restated that Pakistan’s government and people, on this day commemorating Kashmir Solidarity, are once again fully committed to supporting their rightful and lawful cause.
The president also reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering moral, diplomatic, and political support for the people of Kashmir until their right to self-determination is realised, as guaranteed by pertinent UN Security Council resolutions.
The Kashmir Solidarity Day is annually observed on February 5 to express Pakistan’s unwavering support for the Kashmiri people’s just struggle for the realisation of their right to self-determination. According to Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, Pakistan will continue to support Kashmiris.
The statement said that India has waged a ceaseless campaign to intimidate and suppress the people of IIOJK for the past 26 years. It also added that extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, and torture in imprisonment are common examples of India’s iron-fisted tactics in IIOJK.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar’s Message on Kashmir Solidarity Day
Pakistan has consistently maintained that a lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is possible only in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and wishes of the… pic.twitter.com/H6jFgZamI0
— Government of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) February 5, 2024
“India has imprisoned Kashmiri leaders and human rights advocates in addition to silencing the media. Numerous foreign media outlets and human rights NGOs have thoroughly documented these extremes. In flagrant violation of international law, including the UN Charter, Fourth Geneva Convention, and pertinent UN Security Council resolutions, India’s unlawful and unilateral actions in IIOJK on August 5, 2019,” declared the PM.
According to him, Pakistan has always insisted that the demands of the Kashmiri people and the pertinent UNSC Resolutions must come before any long-term resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir conflict can be reached.
“Pakistan will continue to extend its unstinted moral, diplomatic and political support for this just cause,” stated PM Kakar.
Chiefs of the Army, CJCSC, and services honour Kashmiris
The people of Kashmir have received generous tributes from the Pakistan Armed Forces, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), and chiefs of services.
An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement on Kashmir Solidarity Day stated, “Kashmir remains a long pending unresolved issue on the UN agenda since 1948.”
According to the leaders of the armed forces, the CJCSC, and the services, the matter must be settled to meet the aspirations of the Kashmiri people and to comply with UN Resolutions that guarantee their right to self-determination.
It was seen that the spirit of the Kashmiri people and their rightful freedom movement remained unfazed despite decades of atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces.
“Insha’Allah, the heroic struggle for Azadi is destined to succeed; the night is, indeed, the darkest before dawn,” the ISPR declared.
Shehbaz Sharif, the President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), declared that today is a day to “renew our firm commitment to continue supporting Kashmiris until their independence and to remind the world of our promise to the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir for a referendum”.
“Permanent peace in South Asia and the rest of the globe cannot be guaranteed in the absence of a resolution to the Kashmir dispute. The world society is now stained by the people of Palestine and IIOJK’s violations of their basic human rights. We honour the citizens of IIOJK for their unwavering commitment and numerous selfless acts,” Shehbaz stated on X.
آج یوم یکجہتی کشمیر، کشمیریوں کی آزادی تک ان کی حمایت جاری رکھنے کے ہمارے پختہ عزم کی تجدید اور دنیا کو مقبوضہ جموں و کشمیر کے عوام کے ساتھ استصواب رائے کا وعدہ یاد دلانے کا دن ہے۔ تنازعہ کشمیر حل کے بغیر جنوبی ایشیاء اور دنیا میں پائیدار امن کی ضمانت نہیں دی جاسکتی۔ فلسطین اور…
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 5, 2024
“Stand with Kashmir, Stand for Peace,” declared the US Embassy of Pakistan.
— Pakistan Embassy US (@PakinUSA) February 4, 2024
On the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) declared that it has decided to keep up its support for the independence fight in Kashmir, in keeping with the principles of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
یوم یکجہتی کشمیر کے موقع پر پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی اس عزم کا اظہار کرتی ہے کہ شہید ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کے نظریات کی روشنی میں ہم کشمیر کی آزادی تک کشمیریوں کی جدوجہد کی حمایت جاری رکھیں گے۔
بھارتی مظالم کو روکنے اور کشمیر کاز کو آگے بڑھانے کیلئے آئیں 8 فروری کو تیر کے نشان پر مہر… pic.twitter.com/N9HxC4WAeU
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) February 5, 2024
Kashmir Solidarity Day was held at the Embassy today . We highlighted brutal atrocities committed by Indian Occupation Forces in Kashmir & reiterated need for implementation of UN resolutions. Thankful to Iranian media for participating & making our endeavors more meaningful . pic.twitter.com/2I30oZewSG
— Ambassador Mudassir (@AmbMudassir) February 5, 2024