Rallies, seminars, marches organized to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day

Zubair Qureshi

The federal capital and its adjacent city, Rawalpindi, on Saturday witnessed a number of rallies, seminars, processions and conferences organized to mark the Youm-e-Yakjehti-e-Kashmir (Kashmir Solidarity Day) which the nation observes every year on February 5 in solidarity with the people of illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

All major political parties and their branches in Islamabad/Rawalpindi including the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (, Pakistan People’s Party Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl and others have organized rallies and processions.

A number of human rights activists and civil society members appeared outside the National Press Club and called on the international community to pay attention to the plight of Kashmiris and ensure that they will be granted freedom which is their fundamental right.

Kashmir, they said, never was and never will be part of India.

Students from various schools and colleges, traders and professional organizations have also organized seminars and events to highlight the plight of the Kashmiri people.

Chairman of the Peace and Culture Organization and wife of Kashmir freedom leader Yasin Malik, Mushaal Hussein Mullick also condemned the ongoing oppression by the Indian occupying forces. She said that lasting peace, security and development in the region depended on the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir conflict.

She demanded that the Kashmiri people have the right to use free and fair referendums. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a painting, Kashmiri speech and song contest and photo exhibition on Indian atrocities among schoolchildren held at Rawalpindi Arts Council, Mullick said stated that after the illegal and unilateral measures taken by India on August 5, 2019, the human rights situation in India’s illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is getting worse and worse.

Mushaal Mullick said the relentless wave of killings by the Indian occupying forces, the deliberate arrests of Kashmiris and human rights defenders and the refusal to hand over the bodies of martyrs to their heirs are extremely important for the peoples of the whole world. This is a matter of concern.

Arts Council director Waqar Ahmad said Indian occupying forces indiscriminately used brute force against Kashmiri men, women, children and elderly people.

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