Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Although the United Kingdom had proposed a timetable to hold a free, fair and secure plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir in October 1948, arguing that after October Kashmir would have a snowfall and voters would find it difficult to participate, the actual resolution for scheduling a date came on 14th March 1950. The resolution gave India and Pakistan five months to cooperate with the UN Representative for India and Pakistan (the agenda title had been changed from Jammu and Kashmir Question to India-Pakistan Question), so that he could prepare the environment for UN Plebiscite Administrator Fleet Admiral Chester W Nimitz to conduct the plebiscite.

The secret telegram sent by Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai of Indian Embassy in Washington to Delhi reveals that he had found in his first courtesy call made on Admiral Nimitz that he had set first November 1950 as the date for holding a plebiscite. The Indian Embassy official had found that the Plebiscite Administrator had started working on “whether existing electoral rolls should be used for plebiscite. He had the precedent of NWFP referendum of 1947 in mind.” »

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Srinagar, February 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, illegally detained ailing Chairman of Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi has expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani government, the military leadership and the Pakistani people for their continued support to the oppressed Kashmiri people. »

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Muhammad Raza Malik

Genesis of the Solidarity Day

Pakistanis, at home and abroad, have been observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th February, every year since 1991, to renew the pledge to continue their all-out support to their Kashmiri brethren who are engaged in a peaceful struggle to secure their inalienable right to self-determination.

The background of the day is that the people of Indian occupied Kashmir intensified their struggle for securing their right to self-determination in 1989 and the mass movement gave sleepless nights to the Indian rulers. In a bid to crush this popular movement, India dismissed the government of Farooq Abdullah and appointed Jagmohan Malhotra, who was notorious for his anti-Muslim bias, as the Governor of the territory on January 19, 1990. Soon after the appointment of new governor, a reign of terror was unleashed in occupied Kashmir and on the night of January 20, Indian troops molested several women in Srinagar during house raids. As the word about the molestation of the women spread in the morning, thousands of people took to the streets in the city to protest against the brutal action of the troops. The Indian forces opened indiscriminate fire on the protesters in Gaw Kadal area of the city, killing over 50 people and injuring hundreds of others. The massacre caused resentment in Pakistan and the ensuing 5th February was declared as a solidarity day all across the country. Since then, every year, the day is being observed to express oneness with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir at the state level. »

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Tokyo/Abu Dhabi, Feb 6 (KMS): The embassies of Pakistan in Japan and the United Arab Emirates held events separately in connection with the annual Kashmir Solidarity Day to express solidarity and to reaffirm steadfast support to the people of Kashmir.
The events marked the reading of the messages of Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi, and playing of the national anthems of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, according to the press releases received here.
The events were attended by people from cross section of society comprising academics, journalists, think tanks, businessmen, government officials and members of the Pakistan community. »

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Lahore, Feb 06 (KMS): In a show of solidarity with the oppressed people of Kashmir, thousands of people Wednesday thronged The Mall chanting anti-India slogans and demanding liberation of Kashmir from the Indian yoke.
The event turned out to be a huge public gathering, also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, provincial ministers, members of the provincial assembly, PTI leaders, workers and people from all walks of life.
”Long live Pakistan’ and Kashmir will become Pakistan”. Anthems of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir were aired one minute silence was also observed as a token of solidarity with the innocent Kashmiris undergoing worst kind of brutalities at the hands of Indian forces.
Khateeb Bashahi Mosque Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad led a special prayer for the success of freedom struggle of Kashmiri people and end to Indian occupation. »

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Lahore, Feb 06 (KMS): Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar Wednesday said that US President Donald Trump’s formula on Kashmir issue was not acceptable in any way.
“Kashmir issue can be settled down only through United Nations’ resolutions and we also reject Mr. Trump’s formula for resolving Palestine issue. Kashmir is Pakistan and Pakistan is Kashmir, and both cannot be separated”, he observed while addressing “Kashmir Solidarity Conference” organized by Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust (NPT) on the eve of Kashmir Day here on Wednesday.
Former Chief Justice Mian Mehboob Ahmed, Ex-MNA Mehnaz Rafi, former Senator Naeem Hussain Chattha, Dr. Rafique Ahmed, Mian Shahid Rasheed, Mian Farooq Altaf and other were also present. »

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Rawalpindi, Feb 06 (KMS):  Rawalpindi-Like other parts of the country, Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed in the city on Wednesday by various political, politico-religious parties and members of civil society to renew the pledge of continuing support to Kashmiris fighting for their right of self-determination.

This time the day is being observed after India revoked the special status of Occupied Kashmir in August last year in a total breach of all international laws, imposing an indefinite curfew. Seminars, walks, and literary sittings were arranged in various parts of the city to mark the day. »

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Karachi, Feb 06 (KMS): The entire Pakistani nation is standing with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir in their just cause of freedom. The struggle of people of held Kashmir would yield a positive result.
The morale of innocent people of Indian-Held Kashmir (IHK) is high and India cannot suppress their right to freedom by force, India’s fate is defeat. We have to highlight the atrocities on innocent Kashmiri people at every platform including domestic and foreign. The administration, faculty members, students and non-teaching staff of the University of Karachi demanded the international community to meet the justice requirements for the innocent people of Kashmir.
Karachi University pays tribute to the struggle of Kashmiris. Today’s Kashmir Solidarity Walk shows complete support to the people of IHK for their right of self-determination. These views were expressed by the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi on Wednesday. »

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Lahore, Feb 06 *KMS): Police joined hands with all segments of society to express solidarity and brotherhood with the people of Occupied Kashmir on Kashmir Day.
Police had chalked out a comprehensive security plan and ensured its implementation with letter and spirit. More than two thousand police officers and officials along with 08 SPs, 17 SDPOs, 39 Inspectors, 245 upper subordinates, Anti Riot Force and SSU personnel performed duty on different events including rallies, seminars and related programmes on Kashmir Day.
DIG Operations Rai Babar Saeed also visited Faisal Chowk to review the security arrangements made by Lahore Police for the grand rally and public meeting held to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir. He directed the deputed police officers and officials to remain alert and provide maximum security to the participants of all the events held in the city in connection with Kashmir Day. »

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Islamabad, Feb 06 (KMS): To highlight the sacrifices of Kashmiri people struggling for their right of self-determination in Indian Occupied Kashmir, the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) observed February 5 as Kashmir Solidarity Day in collaboration with Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Division. Lok Virsa chalked out different programs to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day through a purely cultural perspective. »

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