Independence Day celebrated as Kashmir Solidarity


The nation celebrated the Independence Day Wednesday as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ to reaffirm its full support to Kashmiris suffering atrocities at the hands of Indian troops in the Indian-occupied valley.
The day dawned with special prayers in mosques across the country for peace, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah.
A 31-gun salute was offered in Islamabad, while a 21-gun salute was held in all the four provincial capitals, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad.
The main flag-hoisting ceremony was held at Convention Centre, Islamabad. President Dr Arif Alvi, the chief guest on the occasion, hoisted the flag.
The Pakistani government earlier announced to celebrate this Independence Day as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir and to reiterate moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.
The government also unveiled a special logo for the Independence Day reflecting the theme ‘Kashmir Banega Pakistan’.
The logo has been created to express solidarity with the people of Occupied Kashmir after BJP-led Indian government stripped the Jammu and Kashmir special status of the valley with the revocation of Article 370 of the constitution.
The logo unveiled is based on “Kashmir banega Pakistan” theme. Word Kashmir, written in red colour, represents sacrifices rendered during the freedom struggle.
Pakistan’s flag represents Pakistanis resolve to go to any extent for Occupied Kashmir’s freedom while the red border around the logo highlights India s illegal occupation and atrocities it is committing in the valley.

Different organizations arranged Seminars, Mushaira, sports events, national song and speech competitions in this regard. At the same time, the government has also made arrangements to illuminate important buildings and monuments.