Pakistan, AJK express solidarity with IOK people

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Kashmir Solidarity Day

Staff Reporters

Islamabad/Lahore/Karachi

Rallies were taken out in Pakistan, Azad Kashmir Gilgit-Balistan and in foreign countries to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
In Lahore, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) took out its main rally to show solidarity with Kashmiri people, from Alhamra Art Center to Faisal Chowk on the Mall.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique led the rally, which was also participated by the party leaders and workers in large numbers. The participants were carrying banners inscribed with slogan for right of self-determination of Kashmiri people.
Khawaja Saad Rafique addressed the rally and strongly condemned the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the United Nations to ensure implementation of its own Security Council’s resolutions to hold plebiscite in occupied Kashmir.
In this connection a rally was also taken out in Peshawar to express solidarity with Kashmiri people. The rally started from Milad Chowk and after passing through various roads, reached Chowk Yadgar.
Addressing the rally, the speaker strongly condemned massive human right violation in occupied territory. Kashmir Day was also observed to demonstrate solidarity with Kashmiri brethren throughout Balochistan province.
On this occasion, a rally ‘’Yakjehti Kasmir Karwan’’ was taken out from Zarghoon Road to march towards the Quetta Press Club. In connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day a rally was taken out in Gilgit.
Advisor to the Chief Minister Shams Mir and other speakers said that people of Gilgit Baltistan will not leave alone Kashmiris at this crucial juncture. In Muzaffarabad, the Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan named a main Chowk near Central Press Club after prominent young hero of Kashmir freedom movement Shaheed Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
In Mirpur, Azad Kashmir rallies were taken out and seminars and Kashmir Solidarity Conference are being held to express complete unity and solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
People representing all walks of life including political, social and human rights organizations joined hands on Mangla Bridge connecting Pakistan with AJK via Mirpur to express solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
A large number of people from Punjab province led by the MNA Ch. Khadim Hussain belonging to the PML-N reached at Mangla bridge and made human chain to express solidarity with the people of AJK.
The speakers while addressing Kashmir Solidarity Day Rally at Mangla Bridge asked the world community to exert pressure on India for peaceful settlement of lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Resolutions and wishes of Kashmiri people.
Mass rallies, symposia, peace walks conventions and meetings were held across the country to draw world attention towards the plight of the oppressed Kashmiri people.
Nation-wide one minute silence was observed at 10.00 a.m. to honour Kashmiri martyrs.
Members of the Kashmir Committee of the National Assembly visited the office of the United Nations in Islamabad to present a memorandum calling on India to grant Kashmiris the right to self-determinat-
ion.
In Azad Kashmir, human chains were formed at Kohala and other points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.
The main event of the day in Muzaffarabad was the joint session of AJK Legislative Assembly and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council.
Later, Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan led a public rally.
Day long programmes featuring various dimensions of the Kashmir issue, trampling of human rights by India in Occupied Kashmir and interviews of important personalities were organized by national television and radio.
In Lahore, Pakistan Muslim League (N) took out rally to show solidarity with Kashmiri people, from Alhamra Art Center to Faisal Chowk on the Mall today.
Jamaat-e-Islami arranged a rally led by its Amir Siraj ul Haq.
Reports from Washington and London say the Kashmir Diaspora organized protest rallies against Indian rule over vast area of Jammu and Kashmir as well as repression by the Indian forces in the occupied territory.

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