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Obama urged to resolve Kashmir issue; Solidarity day observed

05 February, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Children performing in a tableau during a function to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day at PNCA. APP
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ISLAMABAD/MUZAFFARABAD: Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed throughout the world including Pakistan on Thursday with a pledge to continue diplomatic, moral and Political support to the just cause of the Kashmiris fighting Indian oppression.

Political, social and religious organizations took out processions and held meetings to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. The day had been declared public holiday to facilitate peopleís active participation in rallies, walks, seminars and other functions.

The day dawned with special prayers for the soul of those who lost their lives for Independent Kashmir. A one-minute silence was observed throughout the country including Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) with the sounding of sirens at 9:55 am and the traffic was brought to a halt.

Rally participants held placards inscribed with slogans demanding India quit the held valley and allow people their right of self-determination. Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir also submitted a resolution to the United Nationsí observer in Islamabad, urging the body to Play an effective role to help implement its resolutions on Kashmir dispute.

Members of the committee, including Minister for Special Initiatives Lal Mohammad Khan and Imtiaz Safdar Warraich submitted the resolution to the UN Observer in Islamabad.

Later, talking to newsmen Lal said that the UN should play its role for ending decades-long sufferings of Kashmiris and urging India to hold composite and meaningful dialogues with all the stakeholders to resolve the dispute.

The Mall Road in Lahore remained crowded throughout the day as several rallies were taken out by Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and other Political Parties. The Punjab Assembly also adopted a special resolution, asking Federal Government to continue support of Kashmiris for Kashmir cause.

In Muzaffarabad, a seminar under the aegis of Press Information Department in which speakers called on the international community to solve the Kashmir issue in agreement with the UN resolutions of 1948 and 1949.

They said that the international community had begun to understand the Kashmir dispute and that is why it was pressing India to hold composite dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the issue.

They also feared that the nuclear war between Pakistan and India can trigger and it would engulf the whole world if the Kashmir issue not solved.

Supreme Commander Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Syed Sallahuddin also addressed in Kashmir solidarity conference in Muzaffarabad in which he said that the Pakistanís economy and sovereignty is in stake until resolution of Kashmir. 50,00,00 Kashmiris have lost their lives during last 60 years for Independent Kashmir, he said.

Mumbai attacks were the conspiracy of India to divert attention of international community from Kashmir issue. He blamed Pakistani Government was involved in banning Jaamatud Dawa.

The Kashmir day was observed in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and South Waziristan Agency. Tribesmen in Wana, Kani Guram, and other areas of the agency participated in rallies despite chilly weather.

Addressing the rally, tribal elders reaffirmed that Kashmir was the jugular vein of Pakistan and without it Pakistan was incomplete.


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