ISLAMABAD: The Kashmir Solidarity Day was marked throughout the country on Wednesday as demonstrators stepped out in solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for the right to self-determination.
Thousands of people took to the streets in the twin cities to condemn the Indian occupation of the region.
The Kashmir Day rallies began in Rawalpindi, with the people holding banners and hoardings inscribed with slogans of freedom for Kashmiris.
In Islamabad, more than two thousand people staged a sit-in in front of the Parliament House. The sit-in was organised by Jamaat-e-Islami.
A separate demonstration was led by Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, who heads a committee set up by the Taliban for peace talks with the government.
Addressing the participants of the rally, Samiul Haq condemned the Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir and said that Indian forces were engaged in the worst form of human rights violations in the region.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Ahmmad Tahir said that the United Nations (UN) was responsible to resolve the Kashmir issue according to its own passed resolutions.
Talking to PTV, the minister said that no resolution would be accepted without participation of people of Kashmir, adding that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan.
He said that the international community should come forward and play its role to resolve the issue according to the desire of the people of the area.
Barjees said that Indian leadership had accepted the right of plebiscite of the Kashmiri people at the forum of the United Nations, but it was not implemented in the occupied territory.
He said that India should not claim to be a big democracy of the world without giving the right of plebiscite to the Kashmiri people.
He said that war was not a solution to any issue, “because war is itself a big problem”. He said that both the countries should spend the huge amount for the betterment, welfare and development of the people rather than buying weapons.
To a question, the minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fully committed to removing big problems of the country, including the energy crisis, terrorism, poverty and also the Kashmir issue, with sincere efforts.
He expressed the hope that the Kashmir issue would be resolved under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif
On the other hand, most of the residents of the twin cities enjoyed their holiday outdoors in the nice sunny weather.
Residents thronged public parks and other recreational areas to enjoy their holiday.
Taking advantage of the holiday, citizens were seen flocking to numerous parks like Public park Rawalpindi commonly known Nawaz Sharif Park, Ayub National Park, Family park Commercial markets Satellite Town Rawalpindi and Jinnah park.
In the federal capital, Shakarparian and the National Monument were busy resorts after Fatima Jinnah Park (F9 Park), Rawal Lake Park, Daman-e-Koh and Faisal Mosque, where thousands of people including men, women and children visited and enjoyed the day off.
Rawal Dam Park in the federal capital was another place of attraction for the people of the twin cities, especially the children and the youth. The pleasant weather was an added incentive for the people of the twin cities.
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