Islamabad: Pakistanis observed ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ with Kashmiris, today, to highlight their cause and the need for resolution of the longstanding dispute as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
On a public holiday, the day dawned with special prayers at mosques for the freedom of Kashmiri people and their emancipation from Indian subjugation. One minute silence was observed at 10.00 a.m. to pay tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs.
Human chains at Kohala Bridge, Mangla Bridge and other points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir were formed.Rallies, public meetings, functions and seminars were held in the length and breadth of the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to highlight the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir and different aspects of the Kashmir dispute. These events were also aimed at drawing attention of the world community towards the plight of the people of the occupied territory.
A joint session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council was held in Muzaffarabad. Addressing the session, Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif stressed the need of dialogue between Pakistan and India for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “We are committed to a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute based on United Nation resolutions. We can’t forget our Kashmiri brethren,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the durable peace could only be ensured in South Asia through resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “This region requires a new vision for peace. People of this region want peace, especially Kashmiris who are looking towards Pakistan and India for a way out,” he said.
He also deplored UN’s failure in resolving the lingering dispute. “The United Nations must be accountable before the world as to why it has failed to enforce its own resolutions on Kashmir,” he maintained.