Islamabad: Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on Wednesday across Pakistan “with full zeal and fervour to express solidarity with the people of Indian-administered Kashmir and pay tribute to the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs,” an official handout said Tuesday.
The day is a regular annual event since 1990 being marked to support the “indigenous freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir and their right to plebiscite.”
A large number of organisations and political parties will observe Kashmir Day, which is a gazetted holiday throughout Pakistan. The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas has devised a comprehensive programme for the occasion.
The day will dawn with special prayers and one minute silence will be observed at 10.00 am. “A request in this connection has been made to the general public to observe silence in honour of the Kashmiri martyrs,” the handout said.
A human chain will be formed by the people of Pakistan and Kashmir at the Kohala Bridge, linking Pakistan with ‘Azad Kashmir’, as a gesture of oneness and commitment to their brethren in Kashmir.
In ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’, the Legislative Assembly and the Council will hold a joint session in Muzaffarabad, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan will organize a Kashmir Convention where political and religious leaders will speak about the Kashmir issue and highlight different facets of the dispute.
Rallies in support of Kashmiris will also be taken at district headquarters in the four provinces, ‘Azad Kashmir’ and Gilgit Baltistan.
Functions will be held at embassies of Pakistan in foreign countries to mark the day. Literary, social and cultural organizations will hold events to highlight the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
Television channels and radio stations will broadcast special transmissions to cover activities in connection with the day.
On Tuesday, Special Kashmir Committee headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman held its first meeting last week to finalize details of activities to be arranged in connection with the day.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman has nominated MNAs Muhammad Ijazul Haq, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir and Malik Ibrar Ahmed to present a memorandum to the United Nations Resident representative in Islamabad on behalf of the chairman and committee.
Meanwhile, special calls for observing the solidarity day have been made by Jama’at-e-Islami ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan and Jama’at-ud-Dawah ameer Hafiz Muhammad Saeed whose party is observing the entire week as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Week’.
In Lahore, Hafiz Saeed and many noted religious leaders associated with the Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) will hold the Kashmir solidarity rally on February 5 while JI ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan will lead a rally in the federal capital Islamabad. JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, JI Sindh chief Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqui and JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naemur Rahman will lead the rally at Karachi, reports said.
At Muzaffarabad, the rally will be led by JI chief of ‘Azad Kashmir’, Abdur Rashid Turabi. The rally in the Punjab capital will be led by Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar and Mian Maqsood Ahmed.
The Peshawar rally will be led by JI deputy chief Sirajul Haq, Prof. Ibrahim Khan and Sahibzada Taraqullah.—Agencies