SRINAGAR: On the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day that Pakistan observes on February 5 every year, the pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir thanked the country for its support and encouragement.
Kashmir Solidarity Day is a national holiday in Pakistan. The day is observed to express support to the ongoing struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and to pay homage to those killed in the state.
On the day, pro-Kashmir rallies, seminars and functions are organised in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and in parts of Pakistan.
Expressing gratitude to Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, termed the observance of the day in Pakistan as “encouraging”.
“We thank the Pakistan government and its political leadership on behalf of Kashmiri people for providing moral, political, and diplomatic support to the just struggle of Kashmiris,” he said in a statement issued here on Thursday.
Mirwaiz expressed satisfaction over the role played by Pakistan in highlighting the “sensitivity and significance” of the Kashmir issue at the international level.
“It is because of the efforts made by Pakistan that the international community understands the need to resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said.
Chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Milat, Syedah Asiya Andrabi, said the day shows that Pakistan “is in unison with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for freedom against the Indian occupation and got the right to self determination”.
She said the people of Kashmir struggle 365 days a year, but “the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5 in Pakistan makes it evident that the country is playing its part in this struggle”.
“On one hand we are sacrificing our lives on the ground level by laying down our precious lives in the ongoing resistance movement, and on the other hand, Pakistan and Azad Kashmir should play their role at the international and national level. It will add to our struggle,” she said.
Andrabi however said if Pakistan does not take a “bold and brave stand” against the “treacherous stand” of India on Kashmir, observance of the day “is futile”.
“This observance demands complete support to the Kashmir cause. It is imperative that the rulers of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir that they don’t lose any chance, whatsoever, in advocacy of Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan,” she said.
But, she asked, “Why have they turned negligent towards Kashmir?”