ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day today (Sunday) with a renewed commitment to support the just struggle of Kashmiris for their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in the Charter of United Nations as well as in the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The people and the government of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir mark the day every year to express solidarity with the struggling Kashmiris in the Indian held Jammu and Kashmir not only to renew their love and affection towards them but also to reiterate the commitment and dedication for the freedom of the people of occupied Kashmir from Indian subjugation.
People from different walks of life, including politicians, doctors, lawyers, social activists, students and others will hold rallies and demonstrations, and form human chains across the country to infuse new spirits in the Kashmiris, who have been fighting for their freedom.
All the Pakistani missions abroad would also organise seminars and photo exhibitions to draw the world’s attention toward the worst form of subjugation and human rights violations committed by India in the occupoed Kashmir.
Moreover, special programmes will be aired by the national electronic media while the print media will publish special supplements to highlight the significance of Kashmir Day and the decades-long struggle of the Kashmiri people against illegal Indian occupation.
The observance of this day is also aimed at highlighting the long-standing unsettled dispute of Jammu and Kashmir internationally and reassuring the Kashmiris that they are not alone in their struggle and turmoil as the people of Pakistan and Kashmir stand wholeheartedly with them.
For over seven decades, it has been a battle of hope against overwhelming odds, courage against fear, and sacrifice against tyranny; but through all of it, the Kashmiri people have persisted and stood firm in the face of the continuing Indian campaign of brutalisation which has used every inhuman tactic and draconian law to perpetuate the illegal occupation in Jammu Kashmir.
India is keeping a major part of the internationally-acknowledged disputed Himalayan Jammu Kashmir state in her illegal and forced occupation at the might of her occupational military power since October 27, 1947, against the aspirations of the people of the State.
India is using state terrorism against the Kashmiris including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, fake encounters and staged cordon-and-search operations.
Over 900,000 Indian occupation forces have turned IIOJK into an open prison but the desperation of the RSS-BJP dispensation to control the indigenous Kashmiri movement has completely run aground.
Jammu and Kashmir’s dispute is one of the oldest items on the agenda of the UN Security Council.
The dispute remains unresolved due to India’s obstinate refusal to honour its commitments and its disrespect for fundamental human rights and international law.
India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5, 2019, are also in blatant violation of international law including the UN Charter, 4th Geneva Convention, and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions which stipulated that the final disposition of the state of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.
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