Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed in the country with a renewed resolve to stand by the people of occupied Kashmir in their struggle for freedom from the clutches of India, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. The day was marked by the Kashmir Convention, addressed by Prime Minister Gilani in Islamabad. A human chain display and rallies decrying the world community for adopting double standards in the case of Kashmir and calling for an early resolution of the dispute were also held. Exhibitions and paintings highlighted the miseries of the people at the hands of Indian security forces. Messages of support were issued by, most notably, President Zardari, Chairman Kashmir Committee of Parliament, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and the Minister concerned, Mian Manzoor Wattoo. New Delhi lived up to its tradition of clamping down, on such occasions, ban on the movement of Kashmiri leaders and confined to their houses Chairmen of both factions of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and a host of other prominent figures of the freedom struggle.

The Prime Minister’s reiterated that Kashmir is the cornerstone of our foreign policy and the nation will not compromise its stand on neither Pakistan's nuclear policy nor the Kashmir issue. As far as Kashmir is concerned these words are a reminder and reassurance, rather than a promise to take aggressive action.

It is a reminder that Pakistan will never abandon the Kashmir issue. However, no solution for it is in sight either. It will be a not very far off time, when resisting with force will become necessary, once the jugular vein is squeezed beyond bear. The Quaid-i-Azam had the foresight to underline this undeniable fact, as the sources of our waters lie in India-occupied Kashmir. Without Kashmir as integral part of the country, Pakistan’s very existence is at stake. There can be no justification for adopting a complacent posture when facing an existentialist threat. India has, for quite some time, been following a considered policy of turning Pakistan into a vast desert land by diverting waters that rightly belong to us under international law. It is the nation’s great misfortune that our ruling leadership is unable to read the unmistakable signs of an impending disaster for our economy that is agriculture-based. Mr Gilani’s attitude may placate us, but it will not give a strong enough signal to the world. There is a need for redefining our policy on this core issue and there must be no ambiguity left that Pakistan's massive spending on defence is Kashmir-centric and nothing more.