Pakistan on Sunday observed the annual 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' with a renewed pledge to lend all-out support to Kashmiris in their struggle for right to self-determination.
A minute-long silence was observed throughout the country at 10 am to pay tributes to Kashmir martyrs while seminars and public rallies were organized by different political, religious and civil society organizations to highlight the political and historical importance of the day. Jam'aat-e-Islami Pakistan organized a rally in Islamabad which was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life. Holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of Kashmiris' right to self-determination, the participants urged India to resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully by implementing the relevant UN resolutions on it.
Addressing the rally, JI leader Mian Aslam said people of Kashmir have been fighting for their just cause guaranteed to them by the world community as well as the leadership of India and Pakistan. He said instead of honouring its commitments, India has resorted to use of brute force to suppress Kashmiris' just and legitimate struggle.
Referring to 2016 mass uprising in Kashmir, he said the martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Burhan Muzaffar Wani "infused a new spirit in the ongoing struggle while rejuvenating the Kashmiris' passion for freedom."
He said India "unleashed terror" in Kashmir by using lethal weapons, pellet guns and live ammunition against Kashmiris in bid to quell the mass resistance.
He said the so-called human rights champions did not utter a word against the bloodbath of innocent Kashmiris.
"Kashmir is not just a territorial dispute, but also the unfinished agenda of the Partition," he said, adding: "The government should establish 'Kashmir Desks' in embassies abroad to project and promote the Kashmir cause in its historical perspective besides exposing the atrocities committed by the Indian forces."
The Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed every year on 5th February at the national level and for the first time it was observed on the call of former 'Ameer' of Jam'aate-Islami Pakistan Qazi Hussain Ahmed in 1991.
Meanwhile, public rallies and seminars were held in other major cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Karachi, Siakot, Gujranwala, Peshawar and Quetta to mark the Day.