KAMALIA/ SADIQABAD-Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan. Kashmiris have never accepted the valley's accession to India. Indian occupation of Kashmir is illegal and against resolutions of United Nations.

This was crux of speeches made by speakers at rallies taken out from different areas of Kamalia and Sadiqabad to express solidarity with Kashmiris here the other day.

In KAMALIA, a Kashmir Solidarity Rally was organized by Chaudhry Arts Society (CAS) and Cultural Wing. Addressing the rally, CAS managing director Afzal Ch said that the sacrifices being rendered people of the held valley were unprecedented. He added that blood of the freedom loving Kashmiri people would not go in vain. He said that Kashmir Solidarity Day sought the support of the people of Pakistan to Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for right to self-determination. "Today, it is necessary to tell the world that Kashmir war is not a regional or land dispute, but it is a war for the integrity of Pakistan which the Kashmiri people are fighting on their own," he pointed out.

CAS Chief Executive Engr Zahir Abbas Ch said that it was a proven and bitter fact that the kind of attention the people of Kashmir deserve from the international community, especially from the Muslim Ummah was not being given to them. "It has been 70 years since the genocide of Kashmiris was started but the world community has closed its eyes to this area," he regretted. He maintained that India could not suppress Kashmiris struggling for right to self-determination. "Remember that Kashmiris are proud, courageous and brave and they have strong will to fight for their cause," he pointed out. He added that unprovoked firing by Indian forces on the people living at Line of Control (LoC) is nothing but an act of terrorism. He said that it was foolish thinking on India's part that it could threaten Kashmiris by targeting innocent civilian population. He said that Kashmiri people were standing side-by-side with the Pak Army and soon the Kashmiris would get their right to self-determination and Kashmir would be liberated from Indian subjugation. "Kashmiris want independence from India and desire affiliation with Pakistan," he noted.

Asad Shah, Abid Hussain Qureshi, Rana Tariq, Dr Ghulam Murtaza, Naeem Khan and other prominent personalities led the rally.

In SADIQABAD, a rally expressing solidarity with Kashmiri brethren was taken out by Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasoolallah (TLYR) and Jamaate Ahle Sunnat (JAS).

The participants reached Ghausia Chowk after marching different roads. They were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans expressing solidarity with the people of the held Kashmir.

Locals TLYR and JAS office-bearers including Azhar Iqbal, Abdul Ghaffar, Nazim Hussain Saeedi and Haji Afzal Maqbool led the rally.

Addressing the participants, they said that Pakistan was incomplete without Kashmir. They added that the Pakistani nation would not sit idle until liberation of Kashmir from Indian occupation. They called Kashmir valley the jugular vein of Pakistan and said that the sacrifices being rendered by Kashmiri people would not go in vain. He urged the UN to play its due role for the implementation of its resolutions describing plebiscite in Kashmir. The participants also prayed for rest of the departed souls of martyrs of Kashmir freedom movement in eternal peace.