- Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed to show political and moral support to Kashmiris
- A minute of silence will be observed at 10 o’clock in the morning.
- February 5 has been declared a public holiday.
ISLAMABAD: The federal government has announced that Pakistan will observe Solidarity Day on February 5 as a public holiday.
A notification issued by the Home Ministry on January 14 said that February 5, 2021 would be a public holiday to celebrate Kashmir Solidarity Day.
The government said Solidarity Day was being observed to “recognize their right to political and moral support in the struggle for self-determination and to honor the Kashmiri martyrs.” A minute of silence will be observed on February 5 to show solidarity with Kashmiris.
The Kashmir issue is a flash point between Pakistan and India and Islamabad is constantly urging the world to vote on the Kashmir issue.
The controversy sparked international outrage after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unilateral decision to repeal Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gives special status to the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
The Narendra Modi-led government had also imposed a communications blackout in the region before its controversial decision to annul the sovereignty of the occupied territories.
But in the disputed region, slowing down or no internet for weeks is a regular occurrence.
The Indian government restored low-speed 2G internet services in January 2020, but the blackout in May last year delayed communications efforts for large-scale health services and the prevention of the new corona virus.