ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed on Wednesday (today) to express whole hearted support of Pakistani nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under UN resolutions. It is a public holiday in the country.
This time the day is being observed after India revoked the special status of occupied Kashmir in August last year in total breach of all international laws, and since then the entire population of the held territory has been under lockdown.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the special session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri brethren.
Human chains will be formed at Kohala, Mangla, Holar and Azad Pattan points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.
In the federal capital, people belonging to different strata of society will form a human chain at D-Chowk to express solidarity with their oppressed Kashmiri brethren.
Rallies, public meetings, and seminars will be held across the country, including Azad Kashmir to draw attention of the world community towards grave human rights violations and brutalities against innocent Kashmiris by the Indian security forces.
Banners highlighting the plight of innocent Kashmiris have been put on display at all important points and roads all over the country.
The National Assembly on Jan 5 unanimously passed a resolution on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day expressing unflinching and unwavering support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.
The resolution moved by Chairman Kashmir Committee Fakhar Imam paid glowing tributes to the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.
It reaffirmed Pakistan’s consistent political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir people until the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination as per the UN Security Council resolutions.
Condemning the illegal actions of India in occupied Kashmir including detention of Kashmir youth, political leaders and communication blockade, the resolution reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir remains internationally recognized dispute that continues to be on the agenda of the UN Security Council since 1948.
The house through its resolution also voiced concerns over the presence of nine hundred thousand troops saying it has turned the valley into an open prison and made it the most militarized zone in the world.