MIRPUR: The people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Thursday observed Kashmir Solidarity Day with great enthusiasm and devotion to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren fighting against the tyranny of Indian occupation forces in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir.
The day was marked with capacious programs including day-long rallies and demonstrations through making human chains, joining hands with Pakistani brethren gathered at all the entry points of AJK.
By observing the day, people renewed resolve to continue extending fullest moral, political and diplomatic support, to freedom loving brethren in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir for their just and principled struggle for the achievement of Kashmiris legitimate right to self-determination and liberation.
As a public holiday, people staged rallies in all big and small cities across AJK including the capital city of Muzaffarabad and divisional headquarters of Mirpur and Rawalakot, held seminars and vowed to be with their oppressed brethren in their hour of trial.
Observance of this day was also aimed at highlighting the long-standing unsettled dispute of Jammu and Kashmir at
International and apprised the people of Jammu and Kashmir that they are not alone in this hour of trial and turmoil as people of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir are standing with them.
As a mark of respect to the valiant struggle of Kashmiris in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, one-minute silence was observed at 10 a.m. to pay respect and tribute to the martyrs of Kashmir, as all rail and road traffic came to a standstill.
Human chain was formed on all five bridges, including at Mangla, Kohala, Dhalkot, Azad Pattan, Bhimbher and Holar besides at Bararkot the entering points which connect AJK with Pakistan.
Thousands of people belonging to AJK and Pakistan were gathered to form a human Chain.
A large number of people from adjoining Punjab province led by the Member National Assembly Ch. Khadim Hussain belonging to the PML (N) reached at Mangla bridge, the gateway to this part of Jammu & Kashmir State, to express solidarity with the people of AJK.
Large number of people belonging to all walks of life participated in the rallies regarding Kashmir day celebrations.
While addressing a mammoth rally at Mangla bridge speakers including AJK minister for Auqaf Sardar Afsar Shahid, Member National Assembly Ch. Khadim Hussain, city Administrator Ghulam Rasool Awami, DC Ch. Tariq Mahmood, VC Ch. Amjad Iqbal Secretary General Altaf Hamid Rao, K.D.Chaudhry, Muhammad Ayub Muslim and others called upon the world community to ensure peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Resolutions and Kashmiri people’s wishes.
Speakers called upon the United Nations besides the international powers including the United States of America to exert pressure on India to give a matching response to Pakistan’s persistent offer for early peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue through resumption of composite dialogue process in line with the aspirations of Jammu Kashmir people without further loss of time.
Kashmir Solidarity Day was also observed in Kotli and Bhimbher districts in this division with traditional zeal and fervor.
The grand public rallies was taken out in both of the districts to mark the day.
All the three radio stations of Azad Kashmir including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Tarakheil and AJK TV aired special programmes and the AJK Press brought out special supplements to highlight the struggle of Kashmiris.