Kashmir Solidarity Day – A time for introspection and action in support of Kashmiris

By Ambassador (R) Babar Amin

Kashmir Solidarity Day is an annual event observed on 5th of February by Pakistanis and Kashmiris worldwide to express unwavering support for the legitimate struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in attaining their inherent right to self-determination. People of Pakistan also reaffirms commitment to provide political, moral, and diplomatic backing to their Kashmiri brethren and honor their sacrifices in seeking freedom from India's illegal control.

In 1819, the predominantly Muslim population of Kashmir fell under Sikh rule, enduring religious oppression and heavy taxation. The era was marked by poverty among the Muslim peasantries. The tragedy persisted as Sikh rule gave way to the oppressive reign of Maharaja Gulab Singh and his successors after the Treaty of Amritsar in 1846. India forcefully occupied Jammu and Kashmir on 27 October 1947, coercing the then ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh to sign accession.

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