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All set to observe “Kashmir Solidarity Day” on Saturday

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ISLAMABAD: All is set to observe “Kashmir Solidarity Day” throughout Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir on February 5, 2011 to reiterate full solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir in their struggle for freedom. With the renewal of the pledge to continue moral, political and diplomatic support to their legitimate right to self-determination. In Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir, all arrangements have been finalized to observe the day with traditional zeal and fervour and with the renewal of the Kashmiris firm resolve to continue their struggle for the achievement of their birth right to self determination through getting the motherland liberated from the Indian yoke.

It may also be mentioned here that the day is observed every year in continuation of the first call given by former Prime Minister of Pakistan late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1975. The day will dawn with special prayers for the martyrs of Kashmir,victory of the freedom struggle and expression of solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Besides mass rallies, symposia, walk-for-peace, conventions meetings and speech declamations, a unique ceremony at all the six bridges, linking Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir, where a human chain comprising Pakistanis and Kashmiris to convey solidarity with each other, will be the hallmark of the day-long events everywhere to observe the Day in an apposite mode.

Capacious programs have been finalized to communicate Pakistan’s resolute solidarity with the Kashmiri people. The day is being observed with the sole objective of seeking a peaceful solution of this longstanding Issue and to pass on a pragmatic message to the international community through logical ways and means, especially to the foreign media to grip its all-inclusive attention on the Kashmir problem, which has been the root cause of persistent tension in South Asia-for decades.

A grand ceremony to be performed by President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari at the President House in Islamabad for formal launching of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College in Mirpur Azad Jammu Kashmir on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5 will be the hall mark and the major event of the day.

The joint sitting of both houses of the AJK parliament and the AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad on Kashmir Solidarity day likely to be addressed by the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, will yet be another major important event of this day to reiterate fullest solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir by the people and the government of Pakistan.

The issue of Kashmir is the unfinished part of the partition of South Asian subcontinent. The Partition Plan of the subcontinent had given the then princely states the choice to accede either to Pakistan or to India on the basis of their geography and demography. It was natural for Jammu and Kashmir to accede to Pakistan, as its 87% population was Muslim.But the Hindu ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, in collaboration with the Indian National Congress laid the foundation of the Kashmir dispute.

Landing of Indian army in the state on October 27, 1947, and occupying it against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people was the clear violation of the Partition Plan. History stands testimony to the fact that right from day one the people of Kashmir never accepted India’s illegal occupation. They launched a liberation struggle and succeeded in liberating a part of the state, which is now known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiris struggle forced India to approach the United Nations Security Council, on January 1,1948, seeking its help to settle the issue.

The Security Council passed several successive resolutions that were agreed upon by both Pakistan and India. These resolutions approved a ceasefire, demarcation of ceasefire line and demilitarization of the state besides asking for a free and impartial plebiscite to be conducted by the UN but New Delhi backtracked on its promises and Kashmiris are still struggling for their right to self-determination.-APP

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