Kashmir Solidarity Day 2020
Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed on Wednesday, February 05 to express whole hearted support from around the globe to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under UN resolutions.
On Kashmir Solidarity Day, Prime Minister Pakistan Imran Khan will address the special session of AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri brethren.
Human chains will be formed at Kohala, Mangla, Holar and Azad Pattan points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.
In the federal capital, people belonging to different strata of society will form a human chain at D-Chowk to express solidarity with their oppressed Kashmiri brethren.
Kashmir Solidarity Day in 1990
The first Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed in 1990.
This day marks the commemoration of the sacrifices that the people of Kashmir have made for freedom and the suffering they have endured since 1950s.
In the light of recent events, Kashmir Day is more relevant, significant and forceful than ever before. Times are changing and the world is waking up to the cause of Kashmir.
Without prejudice to the pain inflicted upon Kashmiri people by the Government of India stands verified and proved before International law and statutes of liberty, freedom and human rights.
5th February, 2020 represents, perhaps the most resolute and potent show of solidarity of Pakistanis and people in Azad Kashmir with their brethren trapped in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Brutal Modi government trapped IoJK
On August 5th, 2019, the Government of Narendra Modi unveiled its violent agenda against people of Kashmir through state terrorism.
The autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abolished.
Fearing the worst backlash from inside and outside India, the Government decided to lockdown and black out the whole region.
Media representatives were removed, accesses to Internet and telephone lines were cut off and basic rights were suspended in the name of re-organization of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar became a jail itself.
Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into the largest prison in the world and sadly, the same atrocious ordeal continues to this day.
International media is still making inroads into the region and reporting extra judicial killings, rape and disappearances of men and young boys.
Over nine hundred thousand additional troops have been deployed to completely ransack a population of over 8 million.
The Indian Government exposed itself with the naked agenda of Hindutva and hatred for Islam.
After the events of August, the Supreme Court of India gave no clear verdict on over 140 petitions submitted to review the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The International Community and the United Nations are able to observe the stark differences between Pakistani Azad Kashmir and Indian Occupied Kashmir.
This will be even more pronounced on the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Pakistan governments’ role in awakening the world
Imran Khan, as the ambassador of Kashmir, has made his mark on the World Forums. His speech in the United Nations General Assembly was heard and applauded by nations across continents.
It is because of efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that UN Security Council called a meeting on Kashmir.
Similarly, International media is providing historical coverage to the lockdown in Kashmir and highlighting the human rights abuses.
The European Union in January came close to passing a resolution condemning the actions taken by the police and Indian Army in Kashmir.
The US Senate openly condemned the actions of the Indian Army and Ms. Omar, a US Senator, termed Kashmir “on the verge of genocide”.
Kashmir Conflict – History
Since the partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947, the Kashmir dispute has been an intractable one between them.
They fought three wars over it in 1948, 1965, and 1999, but have not been able to resolve it.
The partition left the fate of over 550 princely states undecided.
They were required to accede to either of the two states on the basis of the geographical location and wishes of their people.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir should have acceded to Pakistan because of its Muslim majority population and geographical location, but this was not happened when Mahraja Hari Singh seek military assistance from India to resist the Pakistani tribals’ attacks and ultimately signed the ‘Instrument of Accession’ with India.
From that day Kashmir dispute has been the core issue between both Pakistan and India, which also had kept the security of entire South Asia at stake because of their extensive nuclear capability.
So, the Kashmir conflict has been a major bone of contention from the day of independence, resulted in three wars, numerous conflicts between India and Pakistan and severely rigid diplomacy.
Kashmir’s strategic importance lies in the fact that its borders meet with China and Afghanistan and also is close to Russia.
Almost all the rivers which flow through Pakistan, originate from Kashmir, that’s why both the countries ignore stepping back claiming of this territory.
In first phase, from 1949 to 1960s, China avoided siding with either India or Pakistan.
Instead it favored a resolution of the issue through peaceful settlements and also opposed the role of UN and United States to mediate Kashmir issue.
What role a nation should play in order to show solidarity?
As a Pakistani, it should make us proud and commemorate our great Father of the Nation, whose vision and determination saved us and our generations from violence of extremist Hindu ideology.
And we as a nation, on this Kashmir Day, must vow to stand by the ideals of Quaid as he stood his ground against the propaganda and cunning tricks of the extremist Hindu mindset 70 years ago.