Seminar on Youm-E-Istehsal (Exploitation Day), Jammu Kashmir

5 August 2022

Kashmir Solidarity Day or Kashmir Day, is a national holiday in Pakistan and also observed by Kashmiri nationalists on 5 February each year.

For the years Pakistan has been observing ‘Kashmir Day’ on February 5, to express solidarity with the people of India-administered Kashmir.

Besides observing a public holiday across the country, a one-minute silence at 10am is also held as a mark of respect to the thousands of Kashmiri people who have lost their lives in an independence struggle against India since 1989.

A Seminar was held on 4th August at the Pakistan High Commission Pretoria to mark the Youm-e-Istehsal (Exploitation Day), Jammu Kashmir 2022 falling on 5th August. The day marks the completion of three years since India’s illegal action of revoking the special status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK).

The program was attended by around 30 intellectuals, academia, diplomats, journalists and Kashmir activists. Key note address was given by Dr. Haroon Aziz, titled ‘The Morphology of Article 370 of the Constitution of India from a South African liberationist perspective’. Dr. Haroon Aziz was himself imprisoned several times for struggle against apartheid. He is author of a large number of renowned books.

Speakers and participants condemned India’s illegal action of 5 August 2019 and the atrocities committed by the Indian security forces in the illegally occupied territory. They urged an early resolution of the Jammu Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the people of Jammu Kashmir as enshrined in UN Security Council Resolutions. They also paid tribute to the martyrs of Kashmir, the freedom struggle and reaffirmed their unwavering support to the freedom of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.

In his remarks, High Commissioner Mazhar Javed highlighted the illegal nature of India action of 5 August 2019 which was in clear violation of international law and the UN Security Council resolutions. The High Commissioner also exposed the India’s malicious campaign to convert the Muslims in IIOJK from a majority to a minority by issuing domiciles to non-Kashmiris and by reallocation of electoral constituencies through the so-called ‘delimitation commission’.

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