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February 6, 2014
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Kashmir Solidarity Day observed with zeal

February 6, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: The Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed on Wednesday across Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan with zeal and fervour expressing solidarity with the people of Indian-held Kashmir and paying tributes to the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs.
The day is a regular annual event being marked to support the indigenous freedom struggle of the people of occupied Kashmir for their right to plebiscite and to condemn the Indian aggression and its illegal occupation of the held valley. A large number of organisations and political parties took out rallies in support of the Kashmiris in Islamabad, Sialkot, Jhang, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Karachi, Quetta Sargodha, Kohat, Vehari, Faisalabad, Lahore and other places. One-minute silence was observed at 10.00am. The rallies were staged in almost all the cities and towns of the AJK, including the capital city of Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Kotli, and Bhimber, which demanded cessation of Indian hostilities in the held valley. Human chains were formed on all the five bridges, including Mangla, Kohala, Dhalkot, Azad Pattan and Bhimbher, the points which connect the AJK with Pakistan. Thousands of people belonging to all walks of life gathered at the bridges to form human chains as a gesture of oneness and commitment to their brethren in occupied Kashmir.
The government and the people of Pakistan have been observing the day each year since 1990 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren of Indian-occupied Kashmir who are struggling for their birth right to self-determination promised to them by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the elected Legislative Assembly and council held a joint session in Muzaffarabad, which was addressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A group of Members of the National Assembly presented a memorandum on behalf of the Chairman Special Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rahman to the Secretary General of the United Nations

Organisation (UNO). Members of the National Assembly Ijazul Haq and Ch Iftekhar Nazeer presented the memorandum jointly.
The memorandum was received by Timo Pakkala, Resident Representative of the United Nations, here at his office. The delegation also urged the UN that India might be persuaded to resume the composite dialogue with Pakistan with a view to peacefully resolving all outstanding issues between the two countries including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. The delegation impressed upon the Human Rights Council to appoint a Special Rapporteur on Jammu and Kashmir to check the unabated human rights violations in the area. The members also stressed upon the Secretary General to actively encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue. Functions were held at embassies of Pakistan in foreign countries to mark the day.
Meanwhile, hundreds of rallies and seminars were held to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people on the Kashmir Day in almost all the Punjab cities.
The participants warned that India should withdraw forces from Kashmir and grant them their right of self determination. They criticised the government’s policies on Kashmir and called for unity. The Insaaf Students Federation took out a rally. The students shouted slogans against the Indian tyranny and demanded of the government to adopt a clear stance instead of granting the MFN status to each other. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists also took out a rally. They also made a human chain. The JI Women Wing and Jamaatud Dawa also took out rallies.
The Kashmir Day was also observed in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Pattoki, Chunian, Kamalia, Gojra, Pattoki, Muzaffargarh and other cities.

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