Kashmir Solidarity Day observed in Pakistan, across the Globe

-President urges world to hold India accountable, reiterates support for Kashmiris
-PM m says no amount of terrorism can break Kashmiris’ will
-Armed Forces of Pakistan pay tribute to Kashmiris for their valour

By Anzal Amin

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has observed the Kashmir Solidarity Day yesterday (Sunday) with a renewed commitment to support the just struggle of Kashmiris for their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined 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 solidar-ity with the Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) not only to renew their love and af-fection towards them but also to reiterate the commitment and dedication for the liberation of the occupied valley 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 IIOJK.
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 in-ternationally and reassuring the Kashmiris that they are not alone in their struggle and turmoil as the people of Paki-stan and Kashmir stand wholeheartedly with them.

Kashmir’s strife for freedom

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 oc-cupation in IIOJK.

India is keeping a major part of the internationally-acknowledged disputed Himalayan Jammu Kashmir state in her ille-gal and forced occupation at the might of her occupational military power since October 27, 1947, against the aspira-tions 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 dis-pensation 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 fun-damental 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 dis-position 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.

On the occasion, President Dr Arif Alvi said urged the international community and organisations to take practical steps to hold India accountable for its gross and widespread human rights violations in IIOJK.

“We observe this day to draw the attention of the international community towards the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions which provide that the final disposition of the Jammu and Kashmir Dispute 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,” he stressed.

The president called upon India to allow unfettered access to the UN and Organisation of Islamic Council observers, international media and human rights organisations to IIOJK to obtain first-hand information about the situation there, and investigate and report the human rights violations.

“Today, we observe Kashmir Solidarity Day to express Pakistan’s unflinching support for the legitimate and just strug-gle of the Kashmiri people for the realisation of their inalienable right to self-determination,” President Secretariat Press Wing in a press release quoted the president as saying.

In his message for the Kashmir Solidarity Day, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that India is mistaken if it believes it could crush the iron will of the Kashmiri people.

“No amount of state terrorism, unleashed by Indian Occupation Forces, can break the will of the Kashmiris or under-mine their legitimate struggle.

The prime minister urged India to honour its commitments made to Pakistan, the UN and, above all, the Kashmiri peo-ple.
Meanwhile, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan (CJCSC) General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, tri-services chiefs and armed forces also paid tribute to the Kashmiris’ valour and their fight for freedom.
“CJCSC, Services Chiefs and AFs [armed forces] of Pakistan pay tribute to the indigenous freedom struggle of brave Kashmiris for their right to self-determination as per UN resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir. No amount of human rights violations and atrocities can suppress the spirit of Kashmiris for freedom”, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.