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Youm-e-Istehsal to mark a year of IOK’s military siege

ISLAMABAD: Youm-e-Istehsal will be observed all across Pakistan on August 5 to mark 365 days of Indian military siege of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

In this regard, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has planned a range of activities to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris and expose India’s brutalities.

According to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, “Pakistan is going to highlight Indian atrocities in Kashmir on this day.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had committed to play the role of Kashmir’s ambassador, will address the Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) after a solidarity walk in which he will be joined by AJK president and prime minister in Muzaffarabad.

Besides solidarity walks across the country to be led by the political leadership regardless of the political divide, a one-minute silence would also be observed at 10 am after blaring of sirens.

The government has also decided to change the name of Kashmir Highway in Islamabad to Srinagar Highway and has installed signboards on the roads to this effect.

A special postal stamp has been issued by the Ministry of Postal Services to highlight the Indian aggression and human rights abuses by depicting a minor sitting over the body of his slain grandfather killed by the Indian troops in Sopore town in early July.

The government will enhance its diplomatic outreach on the day by writing letters to the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) and world leaders, besides interactions of the prime minister with the international media whereas a memorandum would be presented to the United Nations Observer Mission.

Publication of special Op-eds in the foreign media, special campaigns through print, electronic and especially social media, and presentation of a memo to the UN representative have also been planned. Pakistani envoys across the world will engage with local media, think tanks and community to apprise them about the Indian aggression and blatant violations of repeated UNSC resolutions.

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and the world over will observe Youm-e-Istehsal to denounce the illegal, immoral and unconstitutional step which India took on this day last year to strip IOK of its special status by repealing articles 35A and 370 of its constitution.

August 5, 2019, added a new turn and chapter in the Kashmiris struggle as India tried to abolish their identity through demographic apartheid, which was rejected not only by the Muslims but also by the Hindu pundits and Buddhists.

On this day, the whole nation will give a message to their Kashmiri brethren that the people of Pakistan would always support their struggle for freedom.