Kashmiris mark 73rd Accession to Pakistan Day

The Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir was conquered by a Pakistani tribal militia, following the accession signed by Kashmiri groups.

Kashmiris across Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir observed the 73rd Accession to Pakistan Day on Sunday.

No major events, except for a few rallies and conferences, were held to mark the day due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of refugees from Indian-administered Kashmir took out a rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled part of the valley, pledging to continue their struggle for the right to self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions.

The day is observed to mark a resolution passed by several Kashmiri groups, linking the destination of the Muslim majority valley with Pakistan on July the 19th 1947.This was only weeks before the end of British colonial rule in united India, which resulted in the creation of two independent states, India and Pakistan.

The valley’s Hindu ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, however, handed over the control of the Himalayan valley to India in line with a counter accession he signed in October 1947, triggering a decades-long acrimony between the two rivals.

The Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir was conquered by a Pakistani tribal militia, following the accession signed by Kashmiri groups.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated his country’s longtime support to the “Kashmiris’ just struggle for self-determination.”

“Today, we commemorate the historic occasion of Youm-e-Illhaq-e-Pakistan (accession to Pakistan), when Kashmiris passed the resolution for the Accession to Pakistan. We reaffirmed our commitment to the Kashmiri people, and stand with them in their struggle for self-determination,” Khan said in a series of tweets.

“The Kashmir’s’ right to self-determination is recognized by the UNSC, and under international law. We will continue to fight for justice for Kashmiris as they struggle against brutal and illegal actions of the Hindutva supremacist Indian government in IOJ&K (Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir). I know that justice will prevail.”

Raja Farooq Haider, the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, said the people of “occupied Kashmir” have offered unprecedented sacrifices for the cause of liberation from India.

Kashmir will become Pakistan has become a popular slogan on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and people have been offering matchless sacrifices to achieve this cherished goal, ” he said, referring to the LoC; a de facto border that splits the valley between the two arch-rivals.

Pakistan, he said, was the center of hope for the people of Kashmir, and “a strong and stable Pakistan is a greater guarantee for the liberation of occupied Kashmir.”

“The day is not far when occupied Kashmir will be liberated from the Indian yoke, and the dream of the entire state accession to Pakistan will be realized,” Haider said.

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