Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on February 5 (today) in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir with great national fervour.
It will be a public holiday and all govt, semi-govt offices, educational institutions, commercial centres and markets will remain closed.
The day is observed to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle to resolve the Kashmir dispute according to UN resolutions.
The dispute is unresolved since the past 60 years after the Indian refusal to allow plebiscite in Kashmir in order to facilitate Kashmiris to decide their fate according to the UN resolutions which were adopted to resolve conflict between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
The successive Indian govts not only refused to hold plebiscite but continued rhetoric of Kashmir as ‘atootang’ of India.
During Pervez Musharraf’s regime, a fresh attempt was made to resolve Kashmir dispute by dialogue but Indian stubborn attitude hampered the dialogue between Pervez Musharraf and Indian former Prime Minister Vajpayee.
However, later both the countries agreed to resume the composite dialogue including Kashmir dispute alongwith other issues of trade and cultural exchange. Both the countries also resolved to make confidence building measures before the meaningful talks.