ISLAMABAD (APP) People across Pakistan including Azad and Kashmir and other parts of the world shall celebrate Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday (today) to renew the pledge for continued support to their brethren in Kashmir against the Indian atrocities. Protest demonstrations and rallies would be staged in almost all cities and towns of country and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir with demand for cessation of Indian hostilities in the Held Valley and end to illegal occupation of the valley by India. February 5 has been declared a public holiday by the government and the entire nation would reaffirm support to Kashmiris in the hour of trial and their fight against the Indian oppression. As a mark of respect to the valiant struggle of Kashmiris in Kashmir, one-minute silence would be observed bringing all rail and road traffic across the country to standstill. A mega event on Kashmir Solidarity Day would be the 'Human Chain to be formed at Kohala Bridge to convey to the world that people of Kashmir and Pakistan have deep-rooted sympathies with each other. Special messages have been released by the countrys leadership including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and federal ministers, besides prime minister and president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and all of them have reaffirmed moral, political and diplomatic support to the struggle of Kashmiri people. Different political parties, civil society and trade organisations have planned to stage rallies to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and extend moral, political and diplomatic support. Several newspapers would also bring out special supplements to highlight the cause of Kashmiris and radio and television channels would air special programmes to express their solidarity with Kashmir movement. Stringent security measures have been adopted across the country for walks and functions to thwart any untoward incident and act of sabotage. Different seminars, conferences and meetings have also been scheduled in different parts of country and abroad to mark the day and renew pledge for right to self-determination for the Kashmiri people and remind the world to play their role in giving Kashmiris their just right.