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Pak to observe Aug 5 as Day of Exploitation in support of Kashmiris

Pak to observe Aug 5 as Day of Exploitation in support of Kashmiris

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard by a closed road, as Kashmiris marked Eid during lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in in Srinagar. (AP)

Islamabad : Pakistan will be observing the first anniversary of India's abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on August 5, 2020, with rallies, protests, events, speeches and commemorations, declaring the day as "Youm-e-Istehsal" (Day of Exploitation).

Article 370 and 35A of Indian constitution which had defined the state's relationship with the Union for close to seven decades was abrogated by Indian government on 5th August 2019 and changed the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

The Pakistan government has also decided to change the name of its main Kashmir Highway in the capital Islamabad to Srinagar Highway in solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

It is said that Pakistan PM Imran Khan will be heading to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan administered Kashmir, on Wednesday ( August 5) and will be addressing the legislative assembly there to further highlight the "freedom struggle" of the people of Kashmir and their sufferings.

Kashmir solidarity rallies will be taken out in major cities of Pakistan and across the Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Meanwhile Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) , the media arm of Pakistan's millitary, has released a song on Kashmir- "Ja Chor day Meri Waadi ( Leave My Valley ) - as a tribute to the residents of Kashmir.

Ahead of the big day and activities, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, along with Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf visited the Line of Control (LoC) to express support and solidarity with the Kashmiri residents.

Qureshi was taken to the Chirikot sector of the LoC where he was briefed about the security situation and the ongoing conflict, which Pakistan calls India's ceasefire violations.

"Kashmiri people have rejected Indian government's August 5 actions last year," said Qureshi, adding that "for the first time in 50 years, the UN Security Council held meetings on the Kashmir issue".

"Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) role is appreciable. OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has raised its voice against the Indian illegal actions and endorsed Pakistan's stance on the issue," he said.

"India is isolated, Iran has kicked out India from its port of Chabahar, Nepal has also claimed its territory and what happened with India in Ladakh, the world also saw it," he said.

During the briefing of military officials, it was said that the ceasefire violations on the de factor border have intensified since 2016, after the killing of Burhan Wani.

"So far, 115 civilians were martyred and 614 other wounded in Indian ceasefire violations," said Major General Amer Ahsan Nawaz, Commander of the area.

It was also briefed that Indian ceasefire violations have increased since 2016.

"Indian forces have carried out 578 CFVs in 2016, 2,329 in 2017, 3,348 in 2018, 3,526 in 2019 while 1,875 so far this year," the commander said.

This claim of Islamabad is countered by New Delhi, who accuses that there have been at least 2,027 times as of June 10.

Meanwhile, fearing protests on the first anniversary of the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, the Srinagar administration on Monday evening imposed curfew till Wednesday with immediate effect.

Additionally, the Covid-19 related restrictions, which were imposed from July 31 till August 5, have been extended till August 8

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