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Entire Pakistani nation stands firm with Kashmiri brethren: COAS

Entire Pakistani nation stands firm with Kashmiri brethren: COAS
February 5, 2020
RAWALPINID (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said the entire Pakistani nation is standing firm with Kashmiri brethren on Wednesday. On the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day – in his message – the army chief appreciated the just struggle of the people of India Occupied Kashmir (IoK) for their freedom and right to self-determination. “The army is diligent in performing its duties. The struggle for Kashmir’s freedom is alive due to the sacrifices of armed forces and Kashmiris. We will continue to support Kashmir till the dawn of freedom,” COAS Bajwa mentioned. “Pakistan Army is ready to face any sort of aggression along its borders. Indian forces are resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and are deliberately targeting Kashmiri population,” Gen Bajwa said. “State terrorism is at its peak in IoK and Pakistan will go to any lengths for the Kashmiris. The valley of Kashmir has been converted into jail where millions of Kashmiris are imprisoned. People of all ages are facing worst atrocities by Indian forces,” the army chief explained. The COAS further maintained that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has also admitted the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir. The nation is observing Kashmir Solidarity Day to express wholehearted support of Pakistani nation to the just struggle of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination under United Nations resolutions on Wednesday. The day will highlight the plight of oppressed Kashmiri people and remind the world community of its obligations towards the resolution of the outstanding dispute. This time the day is being observed after India revoked the special status of Indian Occupied Kashmir in August last year in breach of all international laws, and since then the entire population of the held territory has been under lockdown. One minute silence was observed at 10.00am to pay homage to the martyrs of the liberation struggle of occupied Kashmir. Human chains were formed at Kohala, Mangla, Barar Kot, Holar and Azad Pattan points linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. At Kohala, Punjab Minister Raja Rashid Hafeez, political leaders belonging to different parties of all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir were also present on this occasion. Rallies, public meetings, and seminars are being held across the country, including Azad Kashmir to draw attention of the world community towards grave human rights violations and brutalities against innocent Kashmiris by the Indian security forces. On the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the special session of AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad today to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri brethren.