Says the day not far away when we will offer prayer in Srinagar mosque: Kashmir Highway being renamed as Srinagar Highway
our correspondent
Youm-e-Istehsal will be observed on 5th of August to express full solidarity with the Kashmiri people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced this while addressing a media briefing along with Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security Moeed Yusuf here on Friday.
Giving details of the planned events in connection with 5th August, the foreign minister said one minute silence will be observed across the country to give a message of peace on this day, followed by a solidarity march in the federal capital as well as provincial capitals. He said a memorandum will be presented to the UN Observer Mission.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the Azad Kashmir Assembly on 5th August to give Kashmiris the message of solidarity and let them know they are not alone in their just right of achieving freedom from illegal occupation of India.
The foreign minister said that Kashmir Highway in Islamabad is being named as Srinagar Highway. He said, “Day is not away when we will offer prayer in the mosque of Srinagar with our Kashmiri brethren.”
The foreign minister said, “We have decided to enhance diplomatic outreach to significantly highlight the Indian oppression in IOK.” He said global leaders will be contacted and letters will be written to many of them in this regard. He directed the Pakistani diplomats to play a proactive role in highlighting Kashmir issue.
He said keeping in view the SOPs of COVID-19, solidarity walks, photo exhibitions and seminars will be arranged across the country to raise voices against Indian outrage in IOK.
The foreign minister also urged the nation, Muslim Ummah and Pakistani diaspora to express solidarity with Kashmiris on this day which opened a new era of oppression in IOK.
The minister said that corona lockdown realized the world about difficulties being faced by the Kashmiri people who were in lockdown even before the virus outbreak.
The foreign minister said that not only Pakistan and Kashmiri people have rejected India’s 5th August illegal steps in IOK but India is also divided on it. He said the illegal steps of 5th August were aimed at ending the identity of Kashmiri Muslims in IIOJ&K.
The foreign minister said the world and EU parliaments held discussion on Kashmir dispute in which they not only voiced concerns over the prevailing situation in IOK but also demanded the resolution of outstanding dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Qureshi thanked the Muslim countries including Saudi Arab, Turkey and Azerbaijan for supporting Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir.
He said after successfully highlighting the Kashmir issue, international media remained critical on Indian aggressive policies and now shining India has become burning India. He expressed the resolve to represent Kashmir’s case till the lifting of curfew and communications black out in IOK.

Speaking on the occasion, Shibli Faraz urged the whole nation to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren in this critical juncture. He urged local as well as international media to play a proactive role in this regard.

He appealed the masses to observe Yaum-e-Istehsal on August 5 in a befitting manner so that India could realize that its illegal action in the IOK could not be tolerated anymore.

Shibli Faraz said the present government is committed to make all-out efforts for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and the day is not far off when the Kashmirs would get rid of the Indian subjugation.

Moeed Yusuf said that unilateral actions of 5th August have validated that India has violated the Simla Agreement and international laws. Hindustan is not only exploiting the human rights in IOK but is also violating the international law, he added.

To a question about Afghan issue, the foreign minister said after the peace deal in Afghanistan, the situation is improving and now it has been agreed that 5,000 Taliban prisoners will be released soon. He expressed hope that after Eid intra Afghan dialogue will be held.

Qureshi said India is facing isolation in the comity of nations after Pakistan’s success in restoring peace in Afghanistan. He said that India’s neighbours are not happy with its aggressive policies. TLTP