Pak army releases song hailing Kashmiri defiance
Srinagar: A minute’s silence and solidarity marches across Pakistan and its administered Kashmir marked the Kashmir Solidarity Day, which is held annually to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir who have been demanding independence.
The day, which is a holiday in Pakistan, has been observed in Pakistan uninterruptedly since 1990. Pakistan state paid homage to “Kashmiri martyrs” and highlighted their “struggle for their right to self-determination”.
The idea of observing the day was mooted by Jamat-e-Islami and was endorsed by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and then chief minister of Punjab Nawaz Sharif. In the Valley, the security grid across Kashmir remains on high alert.
Pakistani media reported a series of activities—including conferences, seminars. human chains— that were organised on Sunday to mark the day. Social media was also abuzz with post about the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Pakistan army’s Inter-Services Public Relations released a 2.50 minute song ‘Sangbaaz’, which highlighted the consequences of the crisis.
The song highlights “the state of human rights, the defiance” and addressed the Indian state thus: “you can pluck out my eyes but can never snatch my dreams…you can stop us from going to mosque but cannot prevent us from prostrating before Him… ” The song has used actual footage from Kashmir.
Pakistan administered Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan led a public rally from Chatter area, which was attended, among others, by his ministers including Sardar Mir Akbar Khan. Similar rallies were reported from other PaK areas. Schools also observed the day.