Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed across Pakistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) to condemn the ongoing “state terrorism and violence” by the Indian army in Kashmir.
A resolution to this effect was adopted in a special meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad on April 2 with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
Rallies, functions, and walks were held in different parts of Pakistan and around the world by Pakistanis and Kashmiris to expose Indian “atrocities and highlight the need for peaceful resolution of the long-standing dispute.”
In PaK the main rally was taken out in Muzaffarabad, whereas similar rallies were taken out from the deputy commissioner’s offices in Neelum, Jhelum Valley, Bagh, Rawalakot, Haveli, Kotli and other districts. Rallies were also held in various parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by political parties and other groups.
Moreover, Senate opposition leader Sherry Rehman submitted a resolution against the Indian authorities in the Upper House of Parliament. Pakistani activists from the Youth Forum for Kashmir shouted slogans during a protest against the killing of Muslims in Kashmir and to show “their solidarity with the Kashmiri Muslim in Lahore”.
In his special message for the day, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the recent brutalities against innocent Kashmiris have set a new example of Indian barbarism. “India wants to suppress Kashmiris who are asking for the right to self-determination,” he said further.
Pakistan strongly condemned the brutal and discriminatory use of force by the Indian occupation forces. The federal cabinet condemned the suspension of communication services, especially the internet in the Valley, and underscored that such reprehensible Indian attempts aimed at silencing the voice of the Kashmiris from reaching the international community would never succeed.