- Government and private employees, schools, colleges, and university students gathered on the main highways to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people in various cities of the country.
- Prime Minister Imran Khan said that today all Pakistanis, whether they are students, employees or businessmen, are standing with Kashmir.
- Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi said that Pakistan stands on a principle.
Pakistanis from all over the country celebrated Kashmir Hour on Friday to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Normal life in the Valley has not been restored since India’s decision to make Kashmir a centrally-managed area.
Government and private employees, schools, colleges, and university students gathered on the main highways to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people in various cities of the country, including Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. On this occasion, the Kashmir anthem was played and rallies were held, with participants chanting slogans in favor of Kashmiris and against India.
Imran Khan and his cabinet members were also present at the ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s House. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that today all Pakistanis, whether they are students, employees or businessmen, are standing with Kashmir.
He said that Kashmiris are facing difficulties at this time. The Prime Minister added that the Pakistani army was fully prepared to deal with any external aggression. The Prime Minister also expressed regret over the silence of the international community over the Kashmir situation.
Lawmakers, businessmen, and students at rallies have expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people in Karachi, the business and industrial hub of Pakistan.
It should be remembered that in the past, Prime Minister Khan told the nation that the people should come out at 12 PM on Friday and express solidarity with Kashmir people. He said that unity would be expressed with Kashmiris every Friday until September 26.
“Kashmiris are not alone”
While speaking to journalists, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi said, “I think India should accept the facts and those facts are what Kashmiris want. They have the freedom to decide how they want to live.” She said that when the curfew is up, India will hear the same voice.
Asked why Pakistan did not receive any clear response and support from the international community on the Kashmir issue, Lodhi said that Pakistan stands on a principle. She said, “Kashmiris are not alone. Our moral, political and diplomatic support will remain with them till they get justice.”
The security lockdown in Kashmir on Friday has lasted for 26 days, and despite the relaxation of security measures, the communication system has not been fully restored.
Friday gatherings at mosques are not visible today, even on the third Friday. The disturbance is still prevalent among the people, but overall the situation is peaceful and traffic is increasing on the roads.
The government has also announced the restoration of mobile phone signals in three Muslim-majority areas, a report says. These include some districts of Jammu, including Doda Ram, Kishtwar and Rajouri.
It is to be noted that these are the areas that are connected to the Line of Control that divides Kashmir, and are considered sensitive.
Indian Army Chief General Kushan Rawat is also visiting Srinagar on Friday. According to the reports, the Indian Army chief will attend the meeting on the security situation at the military headquarters and meet with key officials.
The visit of the Army Chief is taking place a day after Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Ladakh.