Islamabad, August 14 (KMS): As Pakistan observes Independence Day as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, today, to express solidarity with Kashmiris and highlight their plight, President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan has always stood with the Kashmiris and would continue to do so.

While addressing a flag-hoisting ceremony at the convention centre in Islamabad, President Alvi, who was the guest of honour, said that today the world was watching how the people of Pakistan were standing with their Kashmiri brethren.

“We will not leave them alone at any step,” the president said adding: “Kashmiris are our [people]. We think of their pain as our pain.”

“We have remained with them, we are with them today and will continue to do so,” he maintained.

Various political leaders including National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan were in attendance.

Mashaal Malik, wife of illegally detained Jammu and Kahsmir Liberation Front Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, also addressed the event during which she shared a poem she wrote about the freedom struggle of people of occupied Kashmir.

Earlier, the day dawned with special prayers at Fajr for peace and prosperity of Pakistan and early liberation of Jammu and Kashmir followed by the usual official functions and ceremonies – a 31-gun salute in the capital and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals, as well as a major event in Islamabad in which top government functionaries and armed forces’ officials participated.

The government has unveiled a special logo “Kashmir banega Pakistan (Kashmir will become part of Pakistan)” lettered in red to go along with the theme of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

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