His­tory of Kash­mir Day

The Miracle - - Front Page - By:GOWHAR GEE­LANI

Ac­cord­ing to Sri­na­gar-based in­ter­na­tional law ex­pert Dr Sheikh Showkat Hus­sain, Kash­mir Day has been ob­served his­tor­i­cally right from 1932, after be­ing first pro­posed by the then Kash­mir Com­mit­tee.“In the 1930s, the day was ob­served to express ca­ma­raderie with the Kash­miris’ strug­gle against the au­to­cratic Do­gra ruler Ma­haraja Hari Singh. In present day con­text, Kash­mir Day is be­ing cel­e­brated to show sol­i­dar­ity with the strug­gle of Kash­miris against In­dia,” Sheikh Showkat says.“Ba­si­cally, it [Kash­mir Day] started from un­di­vided Pun­jab and it has been cel­e­brated ever since, with pauses in be­tween. This day will con­tinue to hold im­por­tance un­til the Kash­miris achieve their ob­jec­tive of right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he says. The day was re­vived in the 1970s when in 1975 Kash­mir’s then tallest po­lit­i­cal fig­ure Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah agreed to be­come Chief Min­is­ter of Jammu and Kash­mir after an ac­cord was signed on be­half of Sheikh Ab­dul­lah by Mirza Mo­ham­mad Afzal Beg and on be­half of the In­dian gov­ern­ment, headed by Indira Gandhi, by G Parthasarathy y ini NewN Delhi.D lhi Fol­low­ing the in­fa­mous Sheikh-Indira ac­cord of Feb 1975, Kash­miris had then ob­served a com­plete strike on the call of Pak­istan’s then Prime Min­is­ter Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto to protest against the agree­ment. His­tor­i­cally, such has been Pak­istan’s in­flu­ence on Kash­mir’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape. In 1990, Pak­istan’s late Ja­maat-i-Is­lami leader Qazi Hus­sain Ahmed had pro­posed that Fe­bru­ary 5 be ob­served as Kash­mir Sol­i­dar­ity Day in Pak­istan.

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