ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Pakistani nation is observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday (February 5), reiterating its wholehearted support to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under the United Nations resolutions, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.
The Kashmir Solidarity Day has now sealed even more significance by the fact that India revoked the special status of Occupied Kashmir in August 2019 in breach of all international laws, and since then the entire population of the held territory has been under lockdown.
Human chains are being formed at Kohala, Mangla, Holar, and Azad Pattan points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. Likewise, rallies, public meetings, and seminars are being held across the country including Azad Kashmir to draw the attention of the World Community towards grave human rights violations and brutalities against innocent Kashmiris by the Indian security forces.
In his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Dr. Arif Alvi said that Pakistan calls upon the International Community to hold India accountable for all its misdeeds and crimes against humanity in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
“India must rescind its unilateral and illegal actions and stop implementing the RSS-inspired ‘Hindutva’ agenda in IIOJK that is detrimental to peace and security in the region,” the president said.
The president also reiterated that Pakistan remains in full support and solidarity with its Kashmiri brothers and sisters.
“We will continue to extend all–out support to the Kashmiris till the realization of their rights to self-determination,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message said Pakistan reaffirms resolute support for Kashmiri brothers and sisters, who continue to be subjected to an inhuman military siege and communications blockade since August 5, 2019.
Prime Minister Khan said that while observing this Day, we salute the unflinching resolve of Kashmiris in their valiant struggle for the right to self-determination, which was pledged to them by India, Pakistan, and the International Community.
Imran Khan said that India must stop its brutal suppression of Kashmiris, adhere to its international human rights obligations, and honour the commitment to grant to Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his message said that as Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed on February 5, we reaffirm our unflinching solidarity with the Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
The foreign minister said that this solidarity will continue until the Kashmiris achieve their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
The minister said that for 18 months now, IIOJK is under continuous Indian military siege, with Kashmiris virtually caged in their own houses, reeling under communications blockade, and facing severe restrictions on the media. Their political leadership continues to be incarcerated.