By Abid Siddique Chaudhary
ISLAMABAD : Kashmir Exploitation Day is being observed across the country today on the completion of 2 years of India’s August 5 move on Occupied Kashmir. And rallies are being held.
President Dr. Arif Alvi, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and other ministers attended the central rally led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi from the Foreign Office in the federal capital Islamabad.
On this occasion, a minute of silence was observed in solidarity with Kashmiris, while traffic across the country was also stopped for one minute.
The participants were also addressed by President Dr Arif Alvi, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry and others.
The protesters demanded that the Kashmir issue be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions and that India release all Kashmiri political leaders.
Demonstrations were held in front of the office of the United Nations Observer Mission in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, expressing solidarity with the citizens of Occupied Kashmir.
Protesters chanted slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of the UN Observer Mission office.
A demonstration in favor of Kashmiris was organized by Kashmir Lawyers Forum and Pak Kashmir Affairs Committee at GPO Chowk in Lahore.
Outside the Lahore High Court, the legal community demonstrated in solidarity with Kashmiris, chanting slogans such as “Kashmir will become Pakistan” and “Go Modi Go”.
A rally was organized by the district administration in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the occasion of Kashmir Exploitation Day.
The Pakistan Sunni Tehreek staged a protest in front of the Press Club and chanted anti-India slogans on the day of Kashmir exploitation in Sukkur, Sindh.
The Mengwar community rallied in Mirpur Mathelo area of Ghotki to express solidarity with Kashmiris. The rally was extended from Chowk Allahwali to Press Club Mirpur Mathelo.
Hindu community rallied in Daharki on Kashmir Exploitation Day. Participants in the rally from Daad Road to Daharki Press Club chanted slogans in favor of Kashmiris.
Rally participants chanted slogans like ‘Kashmir is the lifeblood of Pakistan’, ‘Kashmir will become Pakistan’ and demanded that the international community take notice of Indian aggression in Kashmir.
Rally participants also observed a 2-minute silence and expressed solidarity with Kashmiris.
A rally was held in Kanri area of Umerkot on the occasion of Kashmir Exploitation Day in which students and citizens participated.
In Umerkot, the Hindu community also staged a rally from Thar Bazaar to the Press Club against Indian atrocities on Kashmir.
A rally led by Deputy Commissioner Juma Dad Mandokhel was held in the border town of Chaman in Balochistan on the occasion of Kashmir Exploitation Day in which school children, political and social activists participated in large numbers.
The rally was taken out from the district complex which patrolled various highways while a rally was held at the model school.
Addressing the participants, DC Chaman Juma Dad Mandokhel said that the world stands with Kashmiris, Kashmir will definitely be free.