Muzaffarabad, April 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): Kashmiris along with Pakistani nation on Friday expressed full solidarity with people of occupied Kashmir by observing April 6 as “Kashmir Solidarity Day”. The main protest procession followed by rally was held in Capital of the State under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell, in addition rallies were held at all divisional and district levels in Azad Kashmir.
Different programmes including rallies, demonstrations, and walks were held across the country and in different parts of the world by Pakistanis and Kashmiris to draw the attention of the international community towards the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and to highlight the need for peaceful resolution of the longstanding dispute.
In Azad Kashmir, the main function of the Day was held in Muzaffarabad whereas similar rallies were also taken out from the Deputy Commissioners offices in Districts Neelum, Jhelum Valley, Bagh, Rawalakot, Haveli, Kotli and other districts. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider addressing the public gathering at Old Secretariat, paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the liberation struggle.
He strongly condemned the ongoing violence against innocent Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces and said Pakistani nation stood with their Kashmiri brothers in their just struggle. Farooq Haider appealed to the international community to realize and play its part in putting an end to the gross human rights violations by the Indian forces. He said the Kashmir issue could only be resolved through implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions.
Pakistan was observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day to raise awareness globally against the unending atrocities by the Indian army in the occupied Kashmir who have unleashed a reign of terror against the unarmed civilian protestors, struggling for their right to self determination. He said the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was the unfinished agenda of Partition of the Indo-Pak subcontinent and remains one of the oldest disputes on the agenda of the UN Security Council.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the systematic State terrorism and brutal killings of the people of IoK by Indian occupation forces. The basic human rights of the innocent people of IoK, including the right to life and peaceful assembly have been grossly violated by Indian occupation forces.”
He was also critical of the arrest and placing under house detention of the senior Hurriyat leadership. He said the people of Pakistan and the international community had utmost respect for the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir for their unparalleled courage, bravery and persistence in facing the worst kind of State terrorism, human rights abuses, violence and suppression by the Indian state apparatus.
“Pakistan will continue to extend its political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people until the realization of the right to self-determination,” the Prime Minister said. The Government of Pakistan has appealed to express solidarity and unity with the people of occupied Kashmir. In the main function, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (PM AJK) Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan was the chief guest of the event.
President Pakistan People’s Party AJK chapter Ch. Latif Akbar, Member British House of Lords, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Senior Vice President Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf AJK Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, Sheikh Aqeel ur Rehman, Maulana Mehmood Ashraf, Syed Manzoor Hussain Shah All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Khawaja Manzoor Qadir Advocate and others attended the main protest occasion.
Senior Minister AJK Ch. Tariq Farooq, Ministers Dr. Najeeb Naqi, Mrs. Noreen Arif, Barrister Iftikhar Gillani, Nasir Hussain Dar, Secretaries to Government, Lawyers, Traders and a large number of students attended the main protest procession. Moreover, children of different schools presented national songs and speeches regarding Kashmir freedom of movement. Later on, rally was being passed from district complex to Burhan Muzaffar Wani Chowk.
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