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Solidarity with Kashmiri ppl observed

30 August, 2019

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday asked all Pakistanis to come out on roads Friday (today) to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

“Pakistani nation will clearly send a message against Indian fascist oppression, the inhumane 24-day curfew, the daily injuring and killing of Kashmiri civilians, including women & children – all part of ethnic cleansing agenda of the Modi Government & it’s illegal annexation of IOK,” the prime minister said in a Twitter message. He said the plan to change demography of occupied valley is a war crime under 4th Geneva Convention. “We must send a strong message to Kashmiris that our nation stands resolutely behind them. So I am asking all Pakistanis for half an hour on Friday stop whatever you are doing & come out on the roads to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people,” the prime minister said.

The nation observed ‘Kashmir Hour’ today to express solidarity with the people of Indian-held Kashmir over unprecedented atrocities and aggression being committed by Indian armed forces against them.

The ‘Kashmir Hour’, between 1200 to 1230 hours, started throughout the country with playing of anthems of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Both anthems aired on all TV, FM and radio channels. All humans, traffic and vehicles remained standstill during playing of the national anthems from 1200 to 1205 hours.

The prime minister and all chief ministers along with all parliamentarians came in front of PM and CM secretariat building and lawn. Masses remain out of their office buildings, houses, markets, malls and gather in nearby streets across country. Pakistan and AJK flags distributed among public while all stakeholders got engaged for a grand show from 1200 to 1230 hours for Kashmiris.

Special sermons and prayers for Kashmiri people during Friday prayers while public rallies held across the country holding Pakistan and AJK flags. Public awareness messages by prominent figures about Kashmir mobilisation campaign on print and electronic media was held. ‘Kashmir Banay ga Pakistan’ logo displayed on TV channels.

Engagement of political leadership including opposition leaders for showing solidarity with Kashmiris through maximum participation for a unified message to the international community. Parliamentarians held gatherings and rallies in their respective areas against Indian aggression in the occupied valley. Flags, badges and other items depicting Kashmir solidarity distributed among people, particularly youth and children across the country.

Taking the nation into confidence on the government’s strategy regarding occupied valley following India’s revocation of Article 370, the prime minister had vowed that Pakistan ‘will go to any lengths’ to support the cause of the oppressed Kashmiri people.

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