The Kashmir Solidarity Day was being observed throughout Pakistan, on February 5, to express unity with the people of Kashmir. The day is being marked in Pakistan since 1990 to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs and highlight the plight for self-determination, promised by the international community under the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
One-minute silence was observed throughout Pakistan at 10.00am by blowing sirens on Tuesday. The day is observed as a national holiday in Pakistan.
As per Pakistani media, prime minister will host a dinner in honour of pro freedom Kashmiri leaders in Islamabad. A briefing will be arranged for all foreign mission in Islamabad on the latest situation in Kashmir, while all major missions abroad will arrange receptions for Pakistanis and Kashmiris.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid have issued special messages in connection with the Kashmir Day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
Zardari called for the resolution of the Kashmir issue in line with UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan, I reaffirm Pakistan’s firm commitment to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the protection of their fundamental rights,” the prime minister of Pakistan said in his message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
The prime minister said the Kashmir dispute had been on the agenda of the United Nations for more than six decades as an unfulfilled obligation. He said the government of Pakistan would continue to extend its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of the Kashmiri people to safeguard their right of self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite in line with the UN Charter and UNSC resolutions and for the protection of their fundamental rights.
Pakistani Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan also called for the resolution of Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people and vowed that his party would resolve the dispute through dialogue if it came into power.