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Kashmir Solidarity Day observed across Pakistan

06 February, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed on Sunday across Pakistan with a pledge to seek a resolution of the Kashmir issue according to the United Nations resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris.

The hallmark of the day was forming of human chains by Pakistani and Kashmiri representatives and people from different walks of life on Kohala and Mangla bridges, entry points of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

The day dawned with special prayers for the martyrs of Kashmir and victory of the freedom struggle. During the day, mass rallies, seminars, walks, conventions, meetings and speech contests were held.

The government had announced February 5 as a closed holiday to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day in support of the Kashmiris.

One-minute silence was observed at 10am across the country. People took to the streets in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Sargodha, Multan, Faisalabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Dera Ismail Khan, Sialkot, Chiniot, Vehari, Sadiqabad, Nawabshah, Dera Bugti and Muzaffarabad and voiced their support for the Kashmiris.

The members of AJK Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council participated in a rally of cars and buses to pay tribute to the people of Indian-held Kashmir for their continuous struggle to achieve their right of self-determination.

The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA also observed the day with great fervour and renewed their pledge and unwavering support to Kashmiris for their struggle to achieve their legitimate right of self-determination.

The civil society, political, cultural and educational organisations held special programmes in connection with the day. All Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Teachers Association, All Primary Teachers Association and labour and transport organisations held rallies and meetings.

In Islamabad, members of the Kashmir Committee of the National Assembly led by Ejazul Haq visited the offices of the United Nations and handed over a memorandum to the Resident Representative of the United Nations. The memorandum addressed to the UN secretary general called on the world body to ensure that the Kashmiris get their right to self-determination.

People from different walks of life staged a rally in the federal capital and expressed solidarity with the people living in IHK struggling for freedom from India. The participants, who were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different slogans, walked from China Chowk to the National Press Club.

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