Twin-cities express solidarity with Kashmiris

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PNCA organizes Kashmiri Folk Culture show

Staff Reporter

People belonging to different sections of the society staged a rally here on Sunday and expressed solidarity with Kashmiris struggling for their right to self-determination in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The participants, who were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different slogans, walked from China Chowk to National Press Club.
Different speakers in their speeches urged India to stop human rights violations in held Kashmir.
They called upon the international community to force India to withdraw its troops from Occupied Kashmir and grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination. They said the Pakistani nation was united in support of Kashmiris and Pakistan would continue to offer moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.
Meanwhile Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in collaboration with Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday evening organized a Kashmir cultural show here at PNCA Auditorium.
The event was arranged in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Kashmiri folk singers Raja Imran, Rehmat Bano, Bakhtawar, Salman Adil and Ali Raza presented famous Kashmiri folk songs. They got big applause from the audience at the jam-packed auditorium on famous songs ‘Ye Wadi e Kashmir’, ‘Man di Mouj vich Nachran’, ‘Terey Jannat me Ayian ge aik din’ and ‘Ma Kashmir hon Sarey Pakistan me Rehta hon’.
Later, PNCA National Performing Art Group performed Kashmiri folk dances and entertained the audience.
Documentaries films highlighting the sufferings of Kashmiris people in Indian occupied Kashmir were also screened on the occasion.
A large number of people from different walks of life witnessed the cultural show.
The PNCA also arranged a puppet show to pay homage to the martyrs of Kashmir and expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people struggling for their right to self-determination.
Meanwhile, depicting Indian atrocities being meted out to the innocent people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, a song ‘Kab khatam ho gi Kashmir teri barbadi – India ja Kashmir sa nikl ja’, produced by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) is released on the Kashmir Solidarity Day. The heart touching lyrics pouring out heart of the people of Kashmir is widely welcomed by the cross sections of the society, who are all out in support of their Kasmiri brethren for their just cause. Almost all the electronic channels have given wide coverage to this new production of ISPR, which was released to the media on Saturday afternoon.
ISPR Director General Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet, said February 5 is the day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Atrocities in Held Kashmir must stop. Kashmiris be given their right of self determination in accordance with the UN Resolutions, he added.
Rawalpindi Arts Council arranged a Tableau Competition among school children in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day depicting atrocities of Indian Forces on the innocent people of occupied Kashmir here on Sunday.
Member Punjab Assembly Lubna Rehan Pirzada accompanied by Naheed Manzoor and Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed was chief guest of the ceremony. Senior poet and intellectual Naseem-e-Sahar and Ahmed Zahoor adjudged the competition.
The competition was based on Kashmiri songs in which Eden School secured first, Spangle House got second, Bright Land bagged third while Pakistan Cambridge remained fourth.
Addressing at the occasion, MPA Lubna Rehan said that Pakistan would continue its support for people of Kashmir for their right of self determination. She said that people of Pakistan are associated with the people of Kashmir.

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