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Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

Nasir Kazmi
Press TV, Islamabad

Pakistanis take to the streets across the country on Kashmir Solidarity Day to condemn what they call the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir regions by India.

The rallies were held along with a host of events, including conferences and seminars attended by senior government officials and lawmakers in such major cities as Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad.

Kashmir Solidarity Day is marked in Pakistan every year on February 5. The day marks the nation’s renewed commitment to the people of the Indian-administered Kashmir.

Participants in the rallies demanded the UN Security Council to implement its resolutions on Kashmiris’ right to self-determination and end what they called the bloodshed in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region, is divided into Indian and Pakistani sections, but claimed by both in full.

The Kashmir dispute has led to several wars between the nuclear-armed rivals since Pakistan’s independence in 1947.

Relations between India and Pakistan worsened in 2019 when the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted Indian-administered Kashmir partial autonomy.

Islamabad has long argued that Kashmir should have joined Pakistan because of its Muslim-majority population. However, the cold response from India in this regard has put the matter on hold.

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