SRINAGAR: Pakistan on Monday observed Kashmir Solidarity Day (February 5) “to show solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle for freedom”.
A one-minute silence was observed nationwide at 10am to pay homage to the “sacrifices of the people of Kashmir and their struggle”.
President Mamnoon Hussain addressed the main ceremony of the Kashmir Solidarity Day in Islamabad. Different documentaries encompassing the decades-old Kashmir struggle were also shown.
In his message, President Mamnoon Hussain said, “Pakistan reiterates its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination right in accordance with UN resolutions”.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the resolution of Kashmir dispute is essential for regional peace and development.
He said the dream of peace and prosperity in the region will remain elusive without resolving the Kashmir dispute.
The Pakistani leadership called upon the international community to urge India to respect the Human Rights Charter, put an immediate end to “gross human rights violations” in Kashmir.
The Foreign Office in a statement also vowed that Islamabad would stand beside the Kashmiri people and support their right to self-determination.
In his Kashmir Day message, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also praised Kashmiri resistance leadership, saying that the “repression of Indian occupying forces can never suppress (the) valiant spirit of Kashmiris”.