People across the country and in Azad Kashmir as well as in several locales around the globe observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Tuesday renewing the pledge for continued support to their brethren in Held Kashmir against the Indian atrocities.
The Day is being marked in Pakistan since 1990 to pay homage to the Kashmiri martyrs and highlight the plight of Kashmiris for their birth right to self-determination, promised to them by the international community under the resolutions of United Nations Security Council.
The day dawned with special prayers at mosques and houses across the country after Fajr prayers for the early liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian subjugation.
Rallies were staged in almost all cities and towns of country and Azad Kashmir with demand for cessation of Indian hostilities in the Held Valley and an end to illegal occupation of the valley by India.
As a mark of respect to the valiant struggle of Kashmiris in Held Kashmir, one-minute silence was observed at 10:00 AM – bringing all rail and road traffic across the country to standstill.
The President and the Prime Minister in their separate messages on the occasion have expressed Pakistan's commitment to finding a just and peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute.
Different political parties, civil society and trade organizations staged rallies to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and to continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support.
While, radio and television channels presented special programmes, e-media and print newspapers brought out special supplements highlighting the cause of Kashmiris and the perspective of the Kashmir movement.
Stringent security measures had been adopted across the country for walks and functions and to thwart any untoward incident and act of sabotage.
Seminars, conferences and meetings were held in different parts of country and abroad to mark the Day wherein pledge was renewed for the right to self-determination for the Kashmiri people urging the world nations to play their role in giving Kashmiris their just right.