Kashmir Solidarity Day

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Kashmir Solidarity Day
Kashmir Solidarity Day-Islamabad.JPG
Observed by Pakistan
Date 5 February
Next time 5 February 2015 (2015-02-05)
Frequency annual

Kashmir Solidarity Day, or Kashmir Day, is a national holiday in Pakistan and also observed by Kashmiri nationalists on 5 February each year. It is in observance of Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Indian-administered Kashmir, their ongoing freedom struggle, and to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs who lost their lives fighting for Kashmir’s freedom.[1][2] Solidarity rallies are held in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and by Kashmiri diaspora in United Kingdom. The day often marks unrest in Indian controlled Kashmir.[3] The major protests and incidents include 2010 Kashmir unrest, Doodhipora killing, 2006, 2009 Shopian rape and murder case and the Bomai Incident. Kashmir Day was first proposed by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Pakistan in 1990.[4]


Pakistan claims that atrocities are being committed by the Indian state in Kashmir.[citation needed].[5] During the Kashmir valley protest in the summer of 2010 Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a key separatist leader, said "We want end to Indian occupation here and have already laid out our proposal for initiating a dialogue."[6]

Solidarity day is to provide sympathetic and political support to the Kashmiri separatists who are struggling for their freedom from the Indian rule.[citation needed] The part of Kashmir which are under control of Pakistan are Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit–Baltistan.


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