Kashmir solidarity day on Saturday

Kashmir solidarity day will be observed on February 5 (Saturday) in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir with great national fervour.

The day is observed to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle to resolve the Kashmir dispute according to UN resolutions.

The solidarity day has been observed on February 5 every year since 1990 in Pakistan as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir.

Kashmir is jugular vein of Pakistan and it cannot evidently abandon under any condition.

It is a national holiday in Pakistan as Pakistan considers Kashmir as the core issue between Pakistan and India.

Kashmiris should have the right to decide their fate according to the UN resolutions, which were adopted to resolve the issue.

Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized that it would never accept any option for the resolution of the core issue between Pakistan and India, which goes against Kashmiris’ aspirations.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have repeatedly said that Kashmir belongs to the Kashmiris and they are the arbiters of their fate.

Historically speaking, there are several reasons why Pakistan and its people express solidarity with Kashmiris.

The most striking are the common cultural, ideological, geographical, and emotional bonds, which for centuries have tied the people of both areas into one unity.

Moreover, the people of Pakistan rightly feel that Kashmir is the unfinished business of the partition of the subcontinent.

The core issue of Kashmir, between Pakistan and India, has led Pakistan to face three wars and have devoted a major portion of their national incomes to defense budgets.

World leaders have stressed the need to resolve the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India to avoid an eventuality that may cause a catastrophe in the region.

It is incumbent on the international community in general and governing world bodies in particular to intervene and force India to stop shedding innocent Kashmiri blood.