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Monday, 04 February 2019 16:20

Kashmir Solidarity Day – Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Kashmir Solidarity Day or Kashmir Day, is a national holiday in Pakistan and also observed by Kashmiri nationalists on 5 February each year.

It is in observance of Pakistan’s support of and unity with the people of Indian-administered Kashmir, the nationalists' efforts to separate from India, and to pay homage to Kashmiris who have died in the conflict.

Solidarity rallies are held in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, by Mirpuri Kashmiris in the United Kingdom and across the world.

Ever since the partition – for 72 years - Kashmir has been deprived of its right for self-determination.

Kashmir has been on the agenda of the United Nations since 1948/49. The General Assembly of the UN passed a resolution to extend the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir to decide their future. In the beginning, the Indian leaders assured complying with the provisions of the resolution but soon they turned away. Since then the United Nations has failed to put pressure on its member to honour the resolution and keep its promise fulfilled.

In order to sensitize the world and attract the attention of the world to solve the outstanding issue of Kashmir, the Government of Pakistan announced in 1991 that it would mark February 5 every year as Kashmir Day. This is the twenty eighth Kashmir Day being celebrated but the problem is still unresolved.

The Government of Pakistan has raised the issue on every forum and briefed the world community about the cruelties being perpetrated by the Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir. The bitter violation of human rights, abduction and rape of young girls and women, killing of innocent children, men and women have all failed to convince the international community to put pressure on India to resolve the issue. Hundreds of Kashmiris have lost their eyesight due to firing of pellets.

The Modi government of India made efforts to change the Muslims majority into minority in the occupied valley. He wanted to construct new settlements on the lines of Israel in the territories of Palestine. He went to Israel in 2017 and in reciprocation the Israeli Prime Minister (PM) visited India in 2018.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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