K S Day in Azad Kashmir

On the occasion of ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, different programs, seminars and day-long rallies were held across Pakistan administered Kashmir.

One minute silence was observed at 10 AM in the morning to express “solidarity” with the people living on this side of Line of Control.

At Mangla Bridge near Muzzafarabad, a large number of people gathered including Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan chief, Siraj Ul Haq, and other law makers made a human chain as a ‘mark of Solidarity’.

The customary day has its roots in colonial era when in the city of Lahore, Kashmir Committee decided to observe “solidarity” with Kashmiri nation fighting Dogra rule.

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Pakistan started to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day every year from 1990 when late Qazi Hussain of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan called for observing it to show “solidarity” with Kashmiris on 5 February 1990. A public Holiday is observed across whole Pakistan to commemorate this Day.

Addressing the gathering, Member National Assembly Khadim Hussain said, “the hearts of the people of Pakistan and Kashmir beat in unison.”

The speakers at different functions demanded that “India should stop committing human rights violation and give Kashmiris their Right to Self Determination”.

Earlier in his message on the occasion, Pakistan Primeir reiterated Pakistan’s support to “the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their heroic struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination”.

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In Muzzafarabad, Sharif advocated dialogue to resolve all the issues.

Addressing a joint sitting of ‘Azad’ Kashmir Assembly and Kashmir Council in Muzzafarabad today, Sharif said, “prosperity and development in South Asia would remain a dream unless core issues are resolved.”

Reiterating that Pakistan will cooperate with India on issues of terrorism, Sharif hoped that the dialogue process between India and Pakistan will move forward soon.

(Complied from Media reports emerging from across LoC )


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