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Kashmir Day in Pakistan

Kashmir Day or Kashmir Solidarity Day is a public holiday in Pakistan on February 5 each year. It focuses on showing Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, their ongoing freedom struggle, and to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs who lost their lives fighting for Kashmir’s freedom.

Is Kashmir Day a Public Holiday?

Kashmir Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2022, it falls on a суббота, and some businesses may choose to follow суббота opening hours.

Kashmir Solidarity Day is dedicated to supporting the people of Kashmir and recognizing the freedom struggles in part of the region (view of landscape in Kashmir pictured above).

What Do People Do?

Kashmir Day is observed by people throughout Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK). It is an internationally recognized day observed by people, predominantly Kashmiris, worldwide. The day is marked by public processions, special prayers in mosques for the liberation of Kashmir and protests that are carried out against the Indian oppression of Kashmir.

Kashmir Day is also of particular political importance to major political and religious parties in both Pakistan and AJK. Processions, rallies, conferences and seminars are organized by many political and religious parties where politicians, heads of religious organizations, opinion leaders, and influential public figures address the masses and speak to support the Kashmiri freedom movement. These leaders and spokespeople also advocate a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Long marches, and rallies sponsored by political organizations, religious parties and other organizations are held, in which people chant slogans to support the Kashmiri freedom struggle and to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Another common spectacle is the formation of a human chain on all major routes leading to AJK from Pakistan. People stand in rows with their hands clasped forming a human chain on all major crossings into AJK from Pakistan. This symbolizes unity and solidarity to reassure Kashmiris that they are not alone in their struggle for freedom.

Special cultural programs and festivals are also held to promote Kashmiri culture and tradition. News and entertainment channels air special programs, talk shows, dramas and Kashmiri songs about the oppression and brutalities suffered by Kashmiris over the years. Educational institutions organize debate competitions and dialogue forums where students express their views and ideas for resolving Kashmiri-related issues.

Public Life

Kashmir Day is a public holiday in Pakistan and AJK. Government offices (federal and provincial), banks, educational institutions and businesses remain closed. However, some multinational companies continue normal business activities on this day.

Public transport is available throughout the day, but traffic congestion is common in major cities. Major roads and streets remain blocked because of Kashmir Day parades and processions.

Background

There is a part of Kashmir called Azad Jammu Kashmir (Azad means “Liberated” in Urdu). Many Indians call it Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Officially Pakistan recognizes AJK as a separate state, having its own parliament, head of state and governing institutions.

Kashmir Day was first observed in 1990 on call of Nawaz Sharif, who was the opposition leader and chief minister of Punjab at the time. Sharif appealed for a nationwide strike to protest against the Indian occupation of Kashmir and called for people to pray for the Kashmiri freedom movement’s success. The Pakistan People’s Party then declared February 5 as a public holiday and Kashmir Day has since been observed every year.

Symbols

The Kashmir valley is metaphorically referred to as “heaven on earth”. The valley is shown in modern art as being engulfed by flames, depicting unrest, uproar and peril in heaven. The valley is also shown to be surrounded by a barbed wire drenched in blood. This illustrates human rights violations in Kashmir.

Note: The information in this article is from reliable sources, including from government and news sources. However, timeanddate.com does not take political views on the history behind the events mentioned in this article.

Kashmir Day Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2005–2022.

Note: During a public holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2005 сбт 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2006 вск 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2007 пнд 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2008 втр 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2009 чтв 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2010 птн 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2011 сбт 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2012 вск 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2013 втр 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2014 срд 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2015 чтв 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2016 птн 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2017 вск 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2018 пнд 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2019 втр 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2020 срд 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2021 птн 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday
2022 сбт 5 фев Kashmir Day Public Holiday

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.

Other Names and Languages

English Kashmir Day
German Kaschmir-Tag
Norwegian Kashmir-dagen
Urdu یوم یکجحتی کشمیر

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Kashmir solidarity day speech in English

Here I have posted a best and emotional speech on 5th February Kashmir solidarity day. This speech can be used by any student who wants to address at a school or a college function. Schools and colleges organize functions, debates and speech competitions on Kashmir Day on February 05 every year.

Kashmir Solidarity Day Speech PDF download

Althoug you can read the full speech here but you can also download it as a pdf file. The full and complete speech is given. This is best, motivational and emotional speech on Kashmir day celebrations.

Best emotional Speech on Kashmir day in English

Mr. President – the respectable audience – let me today – on the eve of Kashmir Day – draw your attention to the plight of our Kashmiri brethren. Hearken to the shots of bullets, crackles of clubs, fierce sounds of explosions, screams of children, sighs of mothers, and silenced voices of resistance against oppression.

Mr. President! For more than seventy years have our fellow Muslims been denied their right to be sovereign. Seventy years – Mr. President – in these seven decades – they have made countless sacrifices – countless mothers have lost their sons – enough blood of theirs has been spilled until now. Nevertheless, the struggle goes on.

My honor, Kashmiris have done what they could. But the history brings to light the question: O Pakistanis, what have you done for your fellow Kashmiris? They have suffered for a long – just because of their demand for annexation to Pakistani. What have you given in return?

Let’s recall today the message of Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who, while addressing the Kashmiris laid the course of action for all of us. While addressing the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference on 26 Oct 1946 – he remarkably said:

My message and earnest appeal to Muslim leadership in Kashmir is: Organize your people, educationally, socially, economically and politically and set your hand on constructive nation building programme.

Mr. President, we need to revive our conscience, awake our senses and follow the call to action. This day should not merely be a commemorative day. It should be the day of allegiance. The day of pledging allegiance to the cause.

Kashmir will never be sovereign, Mr. President, unless we get to fix the internal cracks in Muslim Ummah. Unless the sectarian fire is extinguished.

Unless our Muslim stakeholders take pain for Kashmiris. Unless the Kashmir dispute is voiced well in the international community. Unless the world comes to know the heinous atrocities of so-called democratic India in Kashmir over seventy years. Unless we are united. Unless we are devoted.

Let’s make a vow to God, to our conscience, to our blood – for surfacing the Kashmir issue with all zeal and zest.

With the immense hope that one day the sun of independence will dawn upon the beautiful valley. And our fellow Kashmiris will have a peaceful and prosperous life. As Faiz Ahmed Faiz writes:

Beneath our feet will have

this earth shiver, shake and beat

And heads of rulers will be struck

With crackling lightening

Indian throne will soon be reduced to ashes; Kashmir will be ours! Pakistan Zindabad!

Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan in 2023

This holiday is a national holiday in Pakistan celebrated annually on February 5th.

Kashmir Solidarity Day, also known as ‘Youm-e-Yakhjehti-e-Kashmir’ has been observed in Pakistan since 1990 as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir.

History of Kashmir SolidarityDay

Renowned for its scenic beauty, Kashmir lies in the northernmost part of the Indian sub-continent, bordered by the Himalayas. At the time of the partition of India, the region was a princely state under the British Raj. The state was divided into three, now controlled by India (Jammu and Kashmir), Pakistan (Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan), and China (Aksai Chin).

The split of Kashmir between India and Pakistan has led to enmity and bloodshed with three wars between India and Pakistan over the region – in 1947, 1965 and 1999.

Pakistan considers the issue of control of Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan, which has led to three wars and means that Pakistan feels they need to devote a significant portion of their national income to military budgets.

A non-working day to highlight the issue of Kashmir was first suggested by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in 1990. The idea was supported by Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister at the time, and the Prime Minister at the time, Benazir Bhutto. The Pakistan People’s Party then declared February 5th as a public holiday.

On Kashmir Day, all government, semi-government and private offices across Pakistan will remain closed. The State Bank of Pakistan will also remain closed.

The day is marked by political rallies, marches, and speeches about Kashmir. A human chain is formed on the major route from Pakistan to the Kashmir.

A one-minute silence is observed at 10 am local time in honour of the dead. Radio Pakistan broadcast a special marathon transmission focusing on different aspects of Kashmir dispute.