January 2004 News

Solidarity with Kashmiris is part of Pak Movements

20 January 2004
News Network International

Solidarity with: The Solidarity day with the people of Kashmir will be celebrated with great fervor and zeal in the country this year on February 5. Pakistanis living both at home and abroad observe February 5 every year as the Kashmir Solidarity Day to renew their all out support to the valiant Kashmiris who are struggling for the liberation of their motherland from the Indian shackles and the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination. The history of Solidarity is actually inter-linked with the history of Pakistan movement during the pre-partition period and is thus considered as the sequence of the struggle of the Muslims of subcontinent aimed at establishing separate federation of the Muslim majority states - Pakistan. Under the Partition of India Act-1947, princely states were given the option to join Pakistan or India. As such during his meeting with the Prime Minister of Kashmir, Ram Chand Kak on June 19, 1947, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah stressed that decision regarding future status of Jammu and Kashmir should be taken after consideration of all factors, chiefly public sentiments, and in proper mental equilibrium, reports PNS. The same day the last viceroy of united India, Lord Mountbatten - after asking for and receiving note from Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru - also visited the Maharaja of Kashmir and urged him to take decision on accession to Pakistan or India before August 15, the date set for the end of British rule. Then a convention of the Muslim Conference held in Srinagar on July 19, 1947 adopted a resolution on state's accession to the new Muslim homeland Pakistan. In mid-August 1947, Pakistan and India were established as separate sovereign states and at the same time, the British paramountcy over Princely states also ended. The states were to make choice to accede to Pakistan or India but for certain reasons and for his own interests, the Maharaja of Kashmir wished to remain independent. He offered a standstill agreement to both Pakistan and India to ensure supplies and communication. Pakistan entered into the agreement while India refrained. Actually, the Standstill Agreement between Kashmir and Pakistan was the continuation of existing arrangements of trade, communications and services which had been maintained with outgoing British Indian government (virtually all inherited by Pakistan).-


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