On 5 February each year, Pakistan comes together to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day or Kashmir Day. This national holiday pays tribute to the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Kashmiri pro-freedom people who strive for independence from India, as well as honoring those who have lost their lives in the long-standing conflict. Across the country, solidarity rallies are held in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and by Mirpuri Kashmiris in the United Kingdom. This important day was first proposed by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1990 and was then supported by the then Pakistani government.
Kashmir Solidarity Day is an important national holiday celebrated in Pakistan on 5 February each year to demonstrate the country’s support for the people of illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Kashmiri pro-freedom camp’s efforts to secede from India. It is also a day to pay homage to the Kashmiris who have lost their lives in the struggle for freedom.
At Kashmir Day Pakistan express its support for the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and to make sure their voices are heard around the world. It is important to recognize that Kashmir is an unresolved political issue and that a peaceful resolution is the only way forward. Through the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day, Pakistan shows its commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.
The world views Kashmiris with a shared sentiment of needing an immediate solution to the long-standing conflict. Under Modi’s rule, India’s increasing adoption of Hindutva ideology has been highlighted by the human rights violations perpetrated against Kashmiris. As a result, Kashmir has been transformed into an international prison, trapping its people in a cycle of suffering.
On the 5th of February, Tony Lloyd, a Member of Parliament, reminds us of the Kashmir crisis. “We remember the immense suffering of those in Jammu and Kashmir—those who have died, been imprisoned, and had their human rights disregarded by the authorities in New Delhi. We urge India to respect and restore the human rights of the Kashmiri people.
It has been many years since the United Nations called for the right of self-determination for the Kashmiri people. This year, we implore the United Nations and the world community to put an end to the suffering of the Kashmiri people and reunite Kashmir as one”Tony Lloyd said.
Tony Lloyd, Member of Parliament
"This is Tony Lloyd Member of Parliament on the 5th of February Kashmir is everywhere. Remember the division of Kashmir, and this year in particular, I think we do remember the suffering of those in Jammu and Kashmir those who died those imprisoned, and those whose basic human rights have been torn Away by the authorities in New Delhi. And we say, to India, it's time now for India to respect those basic human rights to restore a proper sense of Lauren order and to the people of Jammu, and Kashmir, but we also remember that it's many years. Now, since the United Nations said that the solution to the issue of Kashmir was the right of self-determination for the Kashmiri people. Let's this year, say to the United Nations, say to the world Community. Now is the time to bring the suffering of the Kashmiri people to an end. Now is the time to bring Kashmir together as one. Thank you."
This year, let us send a strong message to the United Nations and the World Community: it is time to put an end to the suffering of the Kashmiri people and to recognize and uphold their right to self-determination. Now is the time to bring Kashmir together as one.
Andrew Gwynne MP Labour MP for Denton and Reddish
Chairman, Labour Friends of Kashmir, sends his best wishes to the Kashmiri community in the UK and across the world, including Kashmir, on Solidarity Day (5th February). He said, they remember the suffering of Kashmir over the past 70 years and acknowledge that the problems in Kashmir are present today, particularly in Indian-administered Kashmir, which has been facing a brutal lockdown since August 1990. On 5th February, I will host my Chairman’s Conversation webinar with the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, Debbie Abrahams MP. It’s a great way to get involved and understand the issues around Kashmir.
Andrew Gwynne (MP Labour MP for Denton and Reddish
Chairman, Labour Friends of Kashmir)
Remembering the suffering of Kashmiris over the past 70 years, we must not forget that the problems in Kashmir are not merely part of history, but remain a pressing reality today. In particular, those in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to a brutal lockdown since August 20, 1990, and, most recently, the 5th of February.
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Kashmir Solidarity Day is an important day for both Pakistan and the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. By observing this day, Pakistan shows support and unity with the Kashmiri people in their fight for self-determination. This day also serves as a reminder of the human cost of the conflict and pays homage to the Kashmiris who have lost their lives.
The world is aware that the atrocities in Kashmir must cease immediately. India continues to distract global attention with its antics. The right of Kashmiris to determine their own destiny has been blocked. Kashmiris now seek freedom and the autonomy to choose their path. The international community must support this cause and take concrete action to ensure it is enforced.
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