Thousands call for plebiscite in Kashmir solidarity day

Thousands of people gathered on Tuesday for support to Kashmir's salf-detrmination right in different place, including Islamabad, Lahor and Brussels.

Thousands call for plebiscite in Kashmir solidarity day

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of people gathered on Tuesday for support to Kashmir's salf-detrmination right in different place, including Islamabad, Lahor and Brussels.

Kashmiri leaders adressed a seminar on the resolution, Kashmiri Media Service reported, Kashmiri Media reported.

The speakers has thanked the people and government of Pakistan for observing February 5 as Kashmir Solidarity Day and extending political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris in their struggle for right to self-determination.

Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets to denounce Indian rule in Kashmir, the disputed Muslim-majority Himalayan state divided between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Support from Pakistan

A public holiday, Kashmir Solidarity Day supports the region's right to self-determination under UN resolutions that call for a plebiscite in Kashmir on whether it should be ruled by Hindu-majority India or Muslim Pakistan.

In the capital Islamabad, some 2,000 people formed a human chain opposite parliament during a rally organised by the main Islamist party, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI).

"We will never accept Indian occupation of Kashmir and tell India that it cannot enslave people by force," JI chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed told the rally.

Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani also demanded an end to human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to play its role for a just resolution of the lingering dispute, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

"On the contrary, India continues with the violation of basic human rights in the Occupied Kashmir," he said and added that over 700,000 strong India army have unleashed a reign of terror on the Kashmiris.

"We demand an end to violation of human rights in Kashmir, to create a conducive atmosphere in the region for lasting peace and security, and also to revive the composite dialogue process that leads to results."

 In Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, political parties and human rights organisations arranged several rallies. More than 4,000 people gathered at Lahore's main Mall Road, an AFP reporter said.

Banners and hoardings calling for Kashmir's freedom from Indian rule were put up alongside main roads and intersections across Pakistan.

Around 500 Kashmiris formed human chain in Muzaffarabad in the rain, shouting "Kashmir will become part of Pakistan" and "we salute the martyrs".

Internationally recognised right

In Brussels, a candle-lit solidarity demonstration was held in front of the Belgian Parliament and Prime Minister's office.The demonstration was led by the Chairman of Kashmir Center.

Later a memorandum was delivered to the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Herman A Van Rompuy on behalf of all the long-suffering people of Jammu & Kashmir.

The memorandum underlined and recalled all of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council for upholding the right to self- determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, rejecting any negotiations on the future of Jammu and Kashmir under the framework of the Indian constitution.

It also recalled all of the resolutions passed by the Organisation for Islamic Conference in Casablanca in 1993 and the report adopted by the European Parliament on 24 May 2007 in which the European Parliament upheld the Kashmiris right to self-determination.

Indian troops killed more than 60 Kashmiris and wound around 1000 in pro-independence and anti-elections protest since July in 2008. India deployed thousands of troops across Kashmir.

Kashmiris were offenly imposed curfew and many of leaders and youths were detained during seven-stage elections.

Human right grous have criticised Indian violence during protests.

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