Preparations afoot to observe Kashmir solidarity day in KP, Fata with national enthusiasm


Preparations are reaching to its climax in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata where people of every walk of life are all set to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day with national enthusiasm and fervor on February 5 (Monday).

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, the people would renew their pledge and unwavering support to people of Kashmir to continue their moral, political and diplomatic support till achievement of their legitimate right of self-determination and liberation of the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir from Indian yoke.

As only three days left in Kashmir Solidarity Day, preparations have reached to its peak in all 25 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and seven agencies of Fata where a number of programs were chalked to mark the day in most befitting manner.

The day will dawn with special prayers in mosques for progress and prosperity of Pakistan, eternal peace of martyrs of Kashmir’s struggle and liberation of Muslim occupied territories including Indian Held Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.

The civil society, political, culture and educational organizations have planned special programmes, seminars, talks shows, walks, symposium, demonstrations and declamation contests in connection with this momentous day.

The day is observed every year in continuation of the first call given by former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1975 and there would be public holiday on February 5 (Monday) in the country.

Big rallies, demonstrations, declamation contests and walks would be the main features of the day in all the major cities and towns of KP and Fata where big congregations and processions would also be taken out.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Teachers Association, Jamiat Tulba e Islam, Kashmiris, Transports and Rickshaw unions and students organizations besides others have planned walks, rallies and declimation contests in connection with the day in KP.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Islamia College University Peshawar, Professor Dr Naushad Khan told APP that Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had special attachment with Kashmir and declared it as a jugular vein of Pakistan. “Kashmir is the unfinished part of the partition of subcontinent and if it was not addressed quickly, could pose a serious threat to peace and stability of the South Asia.”

Dr Naushad Khan, who also served Chairman Pakistan Studies Department, Islamia College Peshawar said the people of Kashmir have never accepted India’s illegal occupation and the day was not far away when Kashmiris will succeed in their legitimate struggle.

He said the struggle of independence in IoK has entered into a decisive phase and time was nearer when people of IoK will get freedom from India’s oppression.

 “The Kashmiris’ struggle had forced India to approach the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on January 1, 1948 seeking its help to settle the issue. The UNSC had passed several successive resolutions including asking for a free and impartial plebiscite to be conducted by the UN but New Delhi backtracked on its promises and Kashmiris are still struggling for their right to self-determination,” he recalled.

He regretted that UNSC had failed so far to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and this major failure was a big question mark on the performance of the world body.

Dr Nausahd said it was the responsibility of International Community and UNSC to implement its resolutions on Kashmir in letter and spirit besides taking notices of grave human rights violations and extra judicial killing of the innocent Kashmiris at IoK.

He urged upon the international community to take serious notice of the unprovoked firing of Indian forces on Line of Control as they were deliberately targeting civilians particularly children and women, ambulances and civilian transport, which could not be tolerated.

 “Around 36 religious-political parties are currently operating in both sides of Kashmir and their unity was required to press India to give Kashmris the right of self determination as promised to them by the world body.”

He said, “The use of military power was not a viable solution to address the lingering problem of Kashmir and rather this conflict could be addressed through table talks.”

Dr Naushad said if India was interested to join CPEC, it should have solved the conflict over the Himalayan territory first through peaceful means by sitting together with Pakistan and Kashmirs leadership.

He strongly supported observance of Kashmir solidarity day, which was aimed seeking a peaceful solution of this longstanding issue and to pass on a pragmatic message to the international community and UN through peaceful means to implement its resolutions on Kashmir.

He urged TV channels, radio stations and newspapers to continuously highlight the Kashmir cause especially the atrocities and human rights violations of the Indian occupied forces against innocent Kashmiries in IoK.