AJK finalizes arrangements to observe Kashmir solidarity day

ISLAMABAD, Jan 22 (APP): Azad Jammu Kashmir government has finalized all arrangements to observe Kashmir Solidarity day in a befitting manner on February 5 to express complete solidarity with people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK), who are facing illegal Indian occupation for the last 72 years and heightened oppression and curfew since August 5.

Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed throughout the state with the renewed pledge to raise voice for the oppressed people of IOJK at every available forum.

In this connection, a high-level meeting presided over by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan reviewed and finalized the arrangements on Wednesday.

“February 5 will be a closed holiday. Special prayers will be offered after morning prayers for the martyrs of Kashmir and success of freedom struggle.

Sirens will be sounded at 10:00am after which traffic will be stop and one minute silence will be observed to pay tribute to the martyrs of Kashmir liberation movement”, decided in the meeting.

The special messages of AJK President and Prime Minister in connection with the day will be broadcast at AJK Television, all three stations of Azad Kashmir Radio and other private FM channels.

Moreover, special programs to highlight the gross human rights violations by Indian military and paramilitary forces in the held valley would also be telecast and broadcast through AJK TV and Radio.

A big rally participated by the all sections of the society led by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan will be taken out from Chatter Chowk at 03:00pm.

The representatives of government, opposition and All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) will also march towards to UN Observer Mission office to handover a memorandum to their concerned officials.

Special supplements, carrying exclusive interviews of political leadership of the divided parts will be published in the national dailies of Pakistan.

Functions would be held at all entry/connecting points of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir including Kohalla Bridge, Azad Pattan, Hullar, Mangla Bridge and Bararkot.

Human chains would be formed at all these points.

Public gatherings, rallies, walks and protest demonstrations would be arranged at district and Tehsil level across the state to remind the international community to fulfill its commitment with the Kashmiri people for granting them their internationally recognized right to self-determination.

Speech, essays and other competition would be arranged in all schools, colleges and universities to highlight the significance of the day.

The special session of AJK Legislative Assembly would also be observed if President or Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan visited the state capital to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that government has chalked out a comprehensive programme to observe the day.

He said brutalities and massive human rights violations, being committed by the Indian troops to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiris would be effectively highlighted through different events on the day.

The prime minister directed that day should be observed in befitting manner to convey a strong message to the people of IOJK that they are not alone in their just struggle and whole Pakistani nation and people of AJK are standing shoulder to shoulder with them.

Speaker Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir, Ministers Mrs. Noreen Arif, Sardar Farooq Ahmed Tahir, Dr. Mustafa Bashir Abbasi, MLA Naseema Wani, Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana, Secretaries, Commissioners and heads of departments attended the meeting.

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