ISLAMABAD: In response to the call of the government, Pakistan is observing the first anniversary of the bleak August 5, 2019 day as ‘Kashmir Military Siege Day’ (Youm-e-Istehsal) in solidarity with the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Youm-e-Istehsal is being observed throughout Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan and rest of the world by the overseas Pakistanis and Kashmiris to condemn the illegal, immoral, and inhuman Indian action of the 5th August, 2019.
In Azad Jammu Kashmir, the day was marked with the mass anti-India protest rallies and processions at all small and major cities and towns across the liberated territory including the capital city of Muzaffarabad against the above unilateral Indian action stabbing the special status of the disputed IIOJK this day last year at the gun point – denying all international norms and commitments.
A high level meeting held in AJKs capital Tuesday gave final touches to the arrangements for observance of “Youm-e-Istehsaal” and proposed visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to Muzaffarabad the same day to address Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly, it was officially stated.
Prime Minister Imran Khan
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan will address the Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly and will also lead a protest rally in Muzaffarabad, an official handout issued by AJK Government said.
PM Imran Khan tweeted, “I will address the AJK Assembly today to show solidarity with Kashmiris on Youm-e-Istehsal. Kashmiris in IIOJK have been subjected to a brutal fascist military siege by India since its illegal actions of 5th Aug last year followed by efforts to change the demography of IIOJK.”
“I will continue to be an ambassador for all Kashmiris whose voices India has tried to silence through its brutal illegal occupation of IIOJK. After many years, my govt raised the Kashmir issue effectively before the UN & exposed the Hindutva Supremacist fascism of the Modi Govt.”
“We have also depicted the aspirations of the Kashmiri people & our commitment to UNSC resolutions in the political map of Pakistan released yesterday.”
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Federal Ministers and AJK Cabinet Ministers will participate the protest rally to mark scheduled Aug. 5 ‘Kashmir Military Siege Day’ Youm e Istehsal with extreme protest against Indian sinister action of revoking special status of IIOJK this day last year unlawfully and by force.
In Muzaffarabad a big protest rally will be taken out from Domail which will terminate at the UN observer mission. The AJK Prime Minister will lead the rally. The AJK Cabinet Ministers, representatives of APHC, leaders of the Political parties and representatives of civil society will also participate in the rally the participants of the rally will present a memorandum to the UN observer mission.
Pakistan’s political map unveiled ahead of Youm-e-Istehsal
Earlier ahead of first anniversary of India’s illegal action of scrapping the special constitutional status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the government on Tuesday unveiled official political map of Pakistan.
The map was unveiled at a ceremony chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Addressing the ceremony, he said that the map reflects the aspirations of the Pakistani nation, adding that the federal cabinet, opposition parties and the Kashmiri leadership have endorsed the map. This will be the official map of Pakistan from today, he said.
The Prime Minister said the new map also negates India s occupational illegal action of August 5 last year, adding that the map, which has been endorsed by the federal cabinet, is fully backed by the entire political leadership of the country. “This new official map will henceforth be used in curriculum,” he said.
PM Imran Khan reiterated that implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions is the only solution to the Kashmir dispute, adding that Pakistan will continue its political and diplomatic efforts for resolution of the longstanding dispute. He hoped that we will achieve this goal one day.
Briefing on the occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the honor of presenting the new map goes to PM Imran Khan.
He said that India had released the map after the illegal move on August 5, but Pakistan has rejected India s intentions.
Qureshi went on to say that the map will be used nationwide from today, adding that Pakistan today told the whole world where we stand.
Earlier, federal cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan had ratified the decision to observe Youm-e-Istehsal while the economic and political situation of the country was also reviewed.
The meeting approved the preparation and release of the official Pakistani map. The federal cabinet also approved a 13-point agenda on various issues.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed left shortly after the start of the meeting due to ill health.
The cabinet also approved the appointment of Deputy Governor State Bak of Pakistan (SBP) and reconstitution of the Board of Korangi Fisheries Harbor Authority.
The meeting was given detailed briefing on the performance of the National Information Technology Board, payment of dues to media houses, gas distribution projects, economic development and economic indicators.
A progress report on institutional reforms was presented in the meeting. The cabinet approved appointments of CEO of USF Company under the Ministry of IT, Chairman Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources and renewal of PIA RPT, Aerial Work and Charter License as well as approval was accorded to the charter of Pakistan Global Institute Rawat.
The cabinet also reviewed the bill for protection of domestic workers in Islamabad.
Special postage stamp on Youm-e-Istehsal unveiled
Earlier The government has unveiled a special postage stamp in connection with Youme-e-Istehsal to be observed on Wednesday to highlight the wave of terror unleashed by Modi government in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said the stampage is aimed at sensitizing the world about the atrocities being committed in occupied territory.
Given the worldwide spread of the stampage, he said this symbolic step will transmit a very strong message to the international community.
Shibli Faraz said India has further stoked tension in the region through its illegal actions of 5th August and the world community should take cognizance of it.
He said 5th August is a black day in the history of Kashmir and Pakistan.
The Information Minister appealed to the nation to express full solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, showing to the world that the Kashmiri people are not alone and that they stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
Shibli Faraz said there is an organized and effective plan to fully observe Youm-e-Istehsal.
Special functions have been arranged for this purpose whilst PTV and Radio Pakistan will also promote the Kashmir cause.
In his remarks on the occasion, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed shared the main features of the design of postal stampage.
He said the postal stamp shows the one year completion of illegal action in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and its brutalities on Kashmiris.
He said Kashmir is jugular vein of Pakistan and the Prime Minister Imran Khan is the person who has forcefully pleaded the case of Kashmir and unmasked the fascist and Hindutva mindset of Modi government at the world level.
He said the day is not far away when Kashmiris will get freedom from the Indian clutches.
A year after occupied Kashmir’s special status was revoked, the world watches on in silence
Indian barbarism and brutality against Kashmiris is nothing new, the valley has been suffering for decades. But, India reached new peaks of oppression when, under the guise of so-called legislation, the Modi government changed the legal status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 and a new era of oppression began.
The Constitution of India included two basic articles regarding Kashmir, which say that Jammu and Kashmir is a state of India and gave special status to the occupied state as a temporary arrangement.
On May 14, 1954, a Presidential Ordinance named ‘The Constitution Application to Jammu and Kashmir 35A’ was enforced and incorporated into the Indian Constitution.
Under Article 35A, citizens of other Indian states were not allowed to get permanent citizenship in Jammu and Kashmir.
Under this, it was clarified who is a permanent citizen of occupied Kashmir and who can buy land. Past governments of India, be it the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), never dared to fiddle with the disputed status of Kashmir under Articles 35A and 370 of their Constitution.
Although the army and police persecution continued in the occupied territories, the special status of Kashmiris was not abolished. But on August 5 2019, Narendra Modi’s government, led by Home Minister Amit Shah, controversially decided to divide the area, home to some eight million people.
The move has led to widespread shutdowns of mobile networks and internet, educational institutions being closed down for six consecutive months, scarcity of food and hospitals having more military presence than actual medical personnel. The global community, including Pakistan, is aware that a new wave of oppression has engulfed the occupied valley.
The Indian Parliament repealed Articles 370 and 35A after passing a resolution on majority basis effectively carving up the area and leaving it vulnerable to administrative and demographic changes. The President of India signed the Ordinance to repeal Articles 370 and 35A, and it came into force in October last year.