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Kashmir Day

Kashmir Day

The Kashmiri’s are fighting for their right of self-determination. To appreciate and support their hard struggle, Pakistan observes Kashmir Day on the 5th of February every year. Kashmir Day is also called Kashmir Solidarity Day. There is a public holiday in Pakistan on February 5 each year. The acknowledgment of this day pretends to assure the people of Kashmir that Pakistan has a commitment to support their cause. Pakistan stands by them under all circumstances. There is also another objective is to send a clear message to the Indians that Pakistan never cheat the people of Kashmir. Moreover, Pakistan always stands with Kashmir’s.


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Background And How Kashmir Day was decided?

At the time of the partition of India, the Kashmir region was a state under the British Raj. The state divided into three sub-states, controlled by India (Jammu Kashmir), Pakistan (Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan), and China (Aksai Chin). The split of this region between India and Pakistan has led to enmity with three wars between India and Pakistan over the region in 1947, 1965 and 1999. Officially Pakistan recognizes Azad Kashmir as a separate state, having its own parliament, head of state and governing institutions.


Firstly, a day to highlight the issue of Kashmir suggested by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in 1990. Kashmir Day was observed on-call of Nawaz Sharif, who was the opposition leader and chief minister of Punjab at the time. Then, Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, approved to mark this Day. The Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) then declared February 5 as a public holiday. And, this day has since been noted every year.


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What Do People Do?

This day is noted by public events, special prayers in mosques for the liberation of Kashmir. There are also protests that carried out against the Indian oppression of Kashmir.  Long marches and rallies sponsored by political organizations and religious parties. In these rallies, people chant slogans to support the Kashmiri freedom struggle and to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.


A lot of Cultural programs and festivals also held to promote Kashmiri culture and tradition.  Hence, news and entertainment channels host special programs, talk shows, dramas, and Kashmiri songs about the oppressions suffered by Kashmiris over the years. There are also many debate competitions and dialogue sessions organize by educational institutions. In these events, students express their views and ideas for resolving Kashmiri-related issues. Because this day focuses on showing Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Kashmir and their ongoing freedom struggle. This day also observed outside Pakistan. Mainly in the United Kingdom where large Kashmiri communities spread across cities like Birmingham, London, Bradford, Manchester, Halifax, and where small communities of Pakistanis and Kashmiris live.


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Public Life

There is a public holiday in Pakistan on February 5 each year. Educational institutions, Government offices, banks, and businesses remain closed. Therefore, major roads and streets remain blocked because of events and processions.


Moreover, Kashmir Day falls on Friday this year, making the coming weekend a long one. May Allah give them the strength to deal with their problems. May Allah protect all minorities. (Ameen).

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