To show solidarity with the people of Kashmir for their freedom struggle against the occupation of India, Pakistanis observe Kashmir Day on the 5th of February every year. Another objective is to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of Kashmir.
Keeping in view the importance of the Kashmir issue, the federal government headed by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto declared February 5 as a public holiday in Pakistan. Pakistan considers Kashmir as its jugular vein. With the passage of time celebrating the day has evolved into a global event.
Pakistani nation is united for Kashmir cause and incumbent government has also taken a principled stand on Kashmir issue. Prime Minister of Pakistan while addressing to the General Assembly of United Nations asked for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir according to the resolutions of the United Nations. We believe that the issue be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Our diplomats must remind to the world community about the promises made with the Kashmiris for resolving the issue under the NSC resolutions.
Making mockery of UN’ resolutions should be a matter of concern for the UNSC but it never took the issue seriously. The J&K valley has been illegally occupied by the Indian forces since 1948. Kashmir is a significant dispute not only territorial but humanitarian as well and Kahmiris must be given the prerogative of self determination. If referendum can take place in Scotland to decide whether it want to stay with the Great Britain or opt for independence then why not the same could be done in Kashmir.
Pakistan has raised the issue in United Nations which not only termed it as “Disputed territory” but also called Indian to resolve the issue through negotiations acceptable to all. The day would convey a message to the people of IoK that Pakistan would continue to support them in their struggle for right of self-determination.