Kashmir Solidarity Day is on February 5, and this day is observed by the people in Pakistan and Kashmir who have been fighting for their freedom for more than 70 years. This day is also celebrated in honor of the Kashmiris who have lost their lives in the fight for freedom.
History of Kashmir Solidarity Day
The valley of Kashmir is known as ‘heaven on earth.’ Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist spots in Pakistan — it possesses exceptional beauty and is a place that must be visited at least once in your lifetime. Unfortunately, it has been riddled with territorial conflict since 1947.
From the partition of the subcontinent, the freedom of Kashmir has been an issue of conflict between India and Pakistan. The conflict between the two countries increases with every passing year.
Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed across Pakistan to portray solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Many freedom fighters have lost their loved ones in their struggle for a separate identity on the world’s map and Pakistan supports Kashmir in its primary right to self-determination.
Kashmir Solidarity Day was established by the opposition leader of Pakistan at the time, Nawaz Sharif, in 1990. Sharif called for a strike throughout Pakistan as a protest against the Indian army, which held some parts of Kashmir. He appealed to the nation to pray for Kashmir’s freedom.
The Kashmir issue has been raised by Pakistan on a global level, but international leaders and the United Nations have not been successful in solving the problem. However, the people of Pakistan continue to support the people of Kashmir in their fight towards their goal by celebrating Kashmir Solidarity Day in February every year.
Kashmir Solidarity Day timeline
Soon after India and Pakistan form separate states, the Kashmir conflict begins.
Due to the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, the Kashmir issue is taken to the United Nations.
A second long war between India and Pakistan ends and results in the Simla Agreement.
The Indian government cancels the special status granted to Kashmir.
Kashmir Solidarity Day FAQs
Is Kashmir Solidarity Day a bank holiday?
Kashmir solidarity day is a public holiday in Pakistan and Kashmir. On this day, the banks, offices, and educational institutions remain closed.
Why is Kashmir so important for Pakistan?
The farming in Pakistan depends on the water of streams that are coming into Pakistan through Kashmir. Kashmir is like a life-line for Pakistan.
Who was the first Muslim ruler of Kashmir?
The first Muslim ruler of Kashmir was Shah Mir. Kashmir was a part of the Mughal Empire until it was invaded by Sikhs in 1820.
How to Observe Kashmir Solidarity Day
Take part in public processions
Join rallies and take part in public meetings to pay tribute to the freedom fighters of Kashmir. You can attend seminars being held in the country and help convey the message to the world on behalf of Kashmir.
Form a human chain
Participate in forming a human chain to express your solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
Use the power of social media
Give your reviews and opinions about this issue on your social media platforms and let the world know what’s going on. Play your part in creating informative banners, illustrating the struggle of the people of Kashmir, and encouraging people to help them.
5 Interesting Facts About Kashmir
It has a giant valley
The Kashmir Valley is 6,000 square miles in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent.
Many were killed in the Kashmir conflict
4427 people were killed between 2008 and 2019.
Kashmir is divided by a military boundary
The Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Kashmir are separated by the Line of Control.
India’s longest railway tunnel is in Kashmir
The Pir Panjal railway tunnel, or the Banihal railway tunnel, is India’s longest railway tunnel — it is 11,215 km long.
China also has its finger in the pie
China claims to have control over 20% of Kashmir.
Why is Kashmir Solidarity Day Important
To show support
Kashmir Solidarity Day is celebrated to show support to Kashmir and let them know that they are not alone. On this day, congregational prayers are held around the mosques to specifically pray for the people of Kashmir.
It gives encouragement
This day, all the people pay tribute to the brave freedom fighters of Kashmir who have lost their lives while fighting for independence. This is done to encourage the people of Kashmir and to motivate them.
We care for the people of Kashmir.
No matter what the political situation might be, every nation has the right to be independent. We honor this day to show the people of Kashmir that we care about them.
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