Kashmir Day was observed by Pakistan on Tuesday, 5th February, with a reiteration by the political leadership of the nation’s resolve to secure the right to self-determination for the Kashmiri people. The day was also marked with belligerent rhetoric from religious right-wing organizations besides the usual round of discussions and rallies across the country on the issue.
Though February 5 is of no particular significance to the Indian part of Kashmir, Pakistan has been observing this day since 1990. In his Kashmir Solidarity Day message, President Asif Ali Zardari said the day was observed every year to reassure ``our Kashmiri brethren of our political, moral and diplomatic support towards their just cause for the right of self-determination as enshrined in the United Nations Charter and the relevant U.N. resolutions’’.
Further, according to him, Kashmiris have remained resolute and steadfast in the face of oppression spanning over six decades. ``Pakistan believes that the use of force, coercion and violation of basic human rights can never succeed in suppressing an indigenous struggle for a just cause. Their perseverance will bear fruit.’’