Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

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In their separate messages on this day, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have said the dream of peace and prosperity in the region will remain elusive without resolving decades-old Kashmir dispute.

Every year, on February 5, Kashmir Solidarity Day is widely marked across Pakistan and by Kashmiri nationalists worldwide, holding special programs.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the top diplomat reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute and extended Pakistan's unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the cause of the Kashmiri people.

JUI-F leader Ghulam Ali said: "Road to South Asia peace passes through Kashmir".

Meanwhile, a special sitting will be held today at the Aiwan-e-Karkunaan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan, the Mall, Lahore to express solidarity with the struggle of the people of Indian-held Kashmir.

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Speakers pointed out large-scale human rights violations are being committed by these occupation forces and deployment of 800,000 Indian troops in Kashmir is a proof of occupation. By condemning the genocide of Kashmiris committed by Indian Occupation forces, the participants also paid great tribute to the fearless people of the valley.

Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various global forums.

The Foreign Office in a statement also vowed that Islamabad would stand beside the Kashmiri people and support their right to self-determination.

The Pakistani ambassador added, "Recently, the Indian forces have employed new tactics [against the Kashmiris] ..., blinding thousands of innocent civilians by pellet guns".

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