Kashmir Day: (Kashmir Solidarity Day to be observed on Friday)

ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed across the country and Azad Kashmir on Friday with the pledge to continue supporting Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

The Days is observed on February 5 every year to highlight plight of people in the Occupied Kashmir and draw the world attention to its obligation to the UN sponsored plebiscite there. It will be a closed holiday in the country.

Different political and social organizations have chalked out special programmes to show unity with the Kashmiris struggling to achieve freedom from Indian subjugation.

Protest rallies and demonstrations will be held in the country and human chains are to be formed in the areas connecting Pakistan and Azad Kashmir to support just cause of Kashmiris.

The participants will also strongly condemn gross violations of basic human rights and excesses being committed by Indian troops in the occupied territory.

They would also present memorandums to Indian High Commission in Islamabad and the United Nations Office to remind them promises of international community to grant right of self-determination to Kashmiris.

A memorandum will also be presented to the UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan in Muzaffarabad. It may be recalled that Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of partition plan under which Pakistan and India emerged as independent states in 1947.

Under the plan, originally, Kashmir was part of Pakistan but India annexed major part of Kashmir by sending troops to Srinagar on 26 October 1947.

Kashmiri freedom fighters resisted Indian aggression and got some part of Kashmir liberated from Indian occupation which is known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan extends its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris right to self-determination.