As a matter of fact, the British ruled the land of spices for almost 90 years. Meanwhile, the subcontinent people did struggle and manage to reclaim their lands. However, it did cost a lot to the character of the region. People who lived shoulder to shoulder for thousands of years, what made them battle against each other? What made them bear the unrest in the valley of heaven? In today’s blog we will take you through the tale behind Kashmir Solidarity Day. Nevertheless, we can only tell the beginning, the end of Kashmir Solidarity Day is yet to be unearthed.
The Announcement of Kashmir Solidarity Day
The Kashmir Solidarity Day history dates back to the late 20th Century. On one account, the State of Pakistan has promised the Kashmiri People that it will take every possible legal action required to free Kashmir. As a result, on 5th February 1990, then the opposition leader and later three times Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif called for a Nationwide Strike.
The strike was meant to protest the human rights violation in India Administered Kashmir. Moreover, it was observed to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people on account of the sacrifices suffered by them. Later on, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) declared the 5th February, a national holiday and named it Kashmir Solidarity Day which was popularised as Kashmir Day. Since then, it is observed every year with sheer enthusiasm and dedicated passion. Meanwhile, Pakistani and the Kashmiri people will continue to voice for the Kashmir cause and will observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022 with the same passion.
Background of Kashmir Conflict
They say, history continuously gets manipulated as the age of the event becomes. However, it was the midst of the 20th Century when the British started to face huge losses constantly. So, they announced to leave the subcontinent by the end of 1945. Nevertheless, they sought that the people were not ready to take command and lead a region as big as the subcontinent. So, they extended themselves for some years and proposed a plan to finally divide the subcontinent. As a result, it was decided to hold a referendum and let the masses choose their fortune. In addition, people were allowed to join the newly created states of Pakistan and India. Hence, everything went smoothly as expected except for one, Kashmir.
The Valley of Heaven was hosting majority of Muslim community but it was ruled by the Dogra Dynasty, a Hindu Monarchy. At first, the monarch did choose to stay independent against the will of its people. Meanwhile, an unarmed rebellion took place and the monarch felt helpless against them. Furthermore, the monarch army was forced to retreat. Meanwhile, the monarch of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh requested the newly created state of India to help him out. However, it is unclear till date as to when the monarch announced the annexation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The bone of contention between the states has been this case which is still known as the Kashmir Conflict.
Indo-Pak Wars to Claim Kashmir
Kashmir Solidarity Day is not a mere date which appeared all of a sudden. As a matter of fact, Kashmir Solidarity Day is a result of decades of intolerance and continuous negligence of human rights in the valley. Nevertheless, soon after independence, both states came face to face in Kashmir which is known as the first Kashmir War 1947-48. Following this development, India knocked the doors of the United Nations’ Security Council. It requested the UN to intervene in this complicated matter.
Meanwhile, Pakistan did welcome the intervention of the international community for better results. Soon after the war, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for the ceasefire in the valley. In addition, the UN intervened and a partial peace treaty came into existence. Meanwhile, the war of 1965 and the war of 1971 made things worse. Hence, in Simla Agreement the de facto border or more popularly known as Line of Control (LoC) was drawn. This boundary divided Kashmir and thousands of families sharing the same roots into two separate pieces of land.
These parts later came to be known as Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Indian Administered Kashmir. As of today, Pakistan Administered Kashmir is known as Azad Kashmir (Independent Kashmir). Later in 1999, another war broke out between the nations but this time the whole world was on its toes. The seriousness was due to the fact that both countries were now Atomic Nations. Meanwhile, the world was not ready to repeat the massacres caused by the atomic wars. It is known as the World’s Highest War till date which happened in the Kargil District.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Kashmir Solidarity Day
Since 1990, Pakistan has observed the Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022. It is always recognised as a day of reminding the international community and United Nations (UN) bodies to fulfil their responsibilities. Pakistani and the Kashmiri community spread around the world hold demonstrations, processions and protests. Meanwhile, they raise their voices for the innocent Kashmiris. Especially for those who want to live in an independent country and fulfil their duties for the nation. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day with utter grit to reconcile the damage Kashmiris have borne.
Meanwhile, the state also holds international conferences inviting foreign delegates to voice for Kashmiris. Furthermore, an Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC)’s session is also attended by Islamic Nations. In addition, an exclusive session is also held at the National Assembly of Pakistan. At the end of all such conferences, a unified resolution is passed which is later sent to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In addition, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) tribute the martyrs and appreciate the courage of Kashmiris by releasing a song every year. This year we are also all ears to what ISPR brings for Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022.
How can we Voice in Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022?
So, the question which arises is how can a common man support the Kashmir cause? It’s easier than ever before to support the Kashmir cause. All the world is in your hands today and is eager to listen to what you have to say. Your voice will be heard for Kasmir Solidarity Day; even you are living in Pakistan, UK, USA or any other part of the world. All you have to do is to use the hashtag of Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022 which is #kashmirsolidarityday2022. Use this hashtag at all your social media handles, especially Twitter and Facebook. And do not forget that every voice counts on Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022.
With this, we conclude our blog, make sure to join the Kashmir cause. Be a part of Youm e Kashmir 2022 and make sure your voice counts at Kashmir Solidarity Day 2022. Meanwhile, catch us up at Facebook and LinkedIn.