KARACHI: Like other parts of the country, the Kashmir Solidarity Day was also observed in Karachi on Thursday to show sympathy with the people of Kashmir.
Pakistan has been observing this day as a public holiday since 1990 every year on 5th February against Indian subjugation in the territory.
All the educational institutes and government organizations were closed across the city as there was the country-wide public holiday. Different programs were arranged by religious and political parties in the city to highlight the importance of the day.
Senior provincial minister Nisar Khoro said the people of Kashmir should get their democratic right, which had been recognized by the United Nations not only once but many times. Peace could not be guaranteed in the region without giving them their basic right.
“The Pakistani people celebrate the day to show the world that we stand with the people of Kashmir in their struggle for freedom,” he said while addressing a seminar organized by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation to express solidarity with Kashmiris. A large number of KMC officers, civil society members, representatives of NGOs and other people also participated in the seminar.
Speaking on this occasion, all Party Hurriat Conference leader Abdul Majeed Malik said there was no U-turn possible after sacrificing millions of people in the struggle of freedom and now it would end with achieving the goal.
“Kashmiris hate India, therefore, the movement had channelized into fourth generation. Enthusiasm for liberty was getting more intensive by the day,” he said.
Malik thanked Pakistanis for support and said without that support, they could not carry forward the movement so vigorously.
He told the seminar that Modi government was trying to increase the population of Hindus through settlement in the area.
Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi organized a seminar ‘Kashmir Issue and Our Responsibilities’ at Idara-e-Noor Haq. Naib Ameer JI Pakistan Assadullah Bhutto said Kashmir was a firm part of Pakistan and never belonged to India on the basis of geography and history.
He claimed that Kashmir issue was created by the then British government to weaken Pakistani Muslims.
“Coward act of our rulers has allowed Indian government to build dams which was a sheer violation of international laws,” he said.
Chief JI Karachi Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman demanded of the United Nations and international community to play their due role in resolving Kashmir issue as per the desires of its people.
“America is continuously ignoring the bloodshed in Kashmir and Palestine. The resolution of Kashmir issue is unavoidable and we will continue struggle till the freedom of Kashmir,” he said.
Shahnawaz Farooqui said the issue was linked to our ideology, however, regretfully it could not be resolved as per the resolutions passed by UN.
He said the innocent Kashmiris had been fighting for their right of self-determination for the last 68 years and unfortunately the government of Pakistan was only playing politics on the sensitive issue.
JI, Sunni Ittehad Council, Jamaat-ud-Dawa and other parties took out rallies on roads and chanted slogans for freedom of Kashmir and against oppression of Indian forces against the innocent people.