MIRPUR (AJK) - The people and the government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir are all set to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day today.

Various programmes have been given final touches to mark the day. “Kashmir Solidarity Day is one of the occasions of significance in Kashmir which is celebrated every year to reiterate complete solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir in their just and principle struggle for freedom and to achieve their globally acknowledged right to self-determination,” said Raja Azhar Iqbal, the AJK government spokesperson and Director Public Relations (DPR) AJK. He unveiled the capacious programmes of the Kashmir Solidarity Day.

Azher Iqbal said that the day was very valuable for the Kashmiri people inhibiting either side of the line of control and rest of the world.

He said that ex prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, besides top PML N’s leadership including AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan will address mammoth Kashmir Solidarity Day rally in Muzaffarabad on Feb 5 to mark the Day. He said their indigenous struggle for right to self-determination will continue with the renewal of unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support of the people and the government of Pakistan which was being extended to the people of Jammu & Kashmir for the last 71 years.

Human chain would be made on all the six bridges linking  Pakistan to Azad Jammu & Kashmir including at Kohala, Azad Pattan, Gari Habib Ullah, Holar, Bhimbher and  and Mangla  in which People of Pakistan and AJK would join hands to express solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

Special prayers will be offered in all the mosques across the state for those who were martyred during the freedom struggle as well as for the early success of the cause. To pay homage to the martyrs one minute silence will be observed at 10am with the sound of sirens and all traffic would be stopped. AJ&K television, all three radio stations and FM would broadcast special transmission and special messages of the president and prime minister of AJ&K.

The Kashmir Solidarity is the day of exceptional significance. He said that the day is being celebrated by the Pakistani nation and the government as well as in Azad Jammu Kashmir to renew the bondage of long and deep rooted love and affection they have. They have been extending all possible moral political and diplomatic support to their indigenous struggle for liberation of the motherland from Indian yoke, he added.

Raja Azher Iqbal said Pakistan always considered Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan. It remains the flash point between the two neighbours and has also led to three wars between them. The world leaders have already stressed the need to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan to avert any eventuality that may cause a catastrophe in the region, he underlined.

He recalled that Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed on 5 February every  year since 1990 in Pakistan as a day of protest against the long Indian unlawful occupation of bulk of Jammu & Kashmir against the aspirations of the people of the state . The current uprising against the Indian occupation of Kashmir began in 1989 and in view of the popularity of the indigenous uprising the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto – led government had made it official and declared it a public holiday in 1990.

Each year February 5 is observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day by Pakistanis and Kashmiris.

He said the Pakistanis will reiterate complete unity and solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir  in their just and principle struggle for freedom, with zeal and zest to extend unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support for the freedom-loving people.

The government has issued notification to schedule the special programmes. A public holiday has been announced by the government across the liberated territory. With the coordination of Cultural Academy of AJ&K and AJ&K Council, a Kashmiri cultural show, an exhibition of Kashmiris Handicrafts, national songs, tableaux, display of publicity material and puppet show will be held at Lok Virsa to depict the stories on the issues related to Kashmir. Indian brutality would also be highlighted through photographs and Kashmiri songs.