MUZAFFARABAD (AFP) - At least 1,000 people formed a human chain in Azad Kashmir as rallies were held across the country Sunday to denounce Indian rule in Held Kashmir.A public holiday, Kashmir Solidarity Day supports the region's right to self-determination in line with UN resolutions that call for a plebiscite in Kashmir on whether it should be ruled by India or Pakistan. "At least 1,000 people formed a human chain at the Kohala bridge near the regional capital, Muzaffarabad", said an AFP reporter at the scene.They also later held a rally and chanted, "We will fight until Kashmir is free of Indian clutches. We want freedom."Banners calling for Kashmir's freedom from Indian rule were put up by main roads and intersections across Pakistan and thousands of people in the country held protest rallies. In the morning, country observed a one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the more than 47,000 people killed since a struggle broke out in mainly Muslim Indian-occupied Kashmir in 1989. Rallies were held in  Peshawar and Lahore where people expressed solidarity with Kashmiris and chanted, "Kashmir will become part of Pakistan and Kashmir is Pakistan's jugular vein." President Asif Ali Zardari, in a special message, reiterated his country's "fullest moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just cause". "It is indeed imperative that the noble principles and values that underpin the just Kashmiri cause are upheld and supported by all justice and freedom loving peoples across the world," Zardari said.In his message, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said "a peaceful settlement of the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people is a must to ensure peace and prosperity in the region".