Youm-e-Tasees Day of Azad Kashmir held at the Republic University College in Islamabad
The event was attended by Federal Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari who addressed a seminar and presented a potential strategic conflict resolution model for Kashmir. Youm-e- tasees or Azad Kashmir Day has been celebrated every year on 24 October since 1947.Dr. Mazari suggested that Pakistan should put forward resolution of Kashmir problem similar to Irish peace accord. The Irish peace accord known as The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) or Belfast Agreement was an agreement where the British and Irish governments agreed on referendum in Northern Ireland to get opinion of public whether they want to support the multi-party agreement or not.
This agreement resulted in accepting the territory of Northern Ireland as part of United Kingdom by Irish government for the first time. The Irish Constitution made amendments and recognized Northern Ireland as sovereign territory of United Kingdom. It’s high time the Kashmiris have such resolution to their problem.
Furthermore, Dr Shireen Mazari said Pakistan should request UN to perpend documenting all the eligible voters of Jammu Kashmir for the referendum. She strongly condemned the oppression inflicted by Indian Army to innocent Kashmiri women and youth. She recommended Pakistan to take practical approach on Kashmir instead of mere debates and theories.
The Seminar held in Republic University College Islamabad was also attended by defence analyst retired Lt Gen Amjad Shuaib and senior anchorpersons Dr Moeed Pirzada and Fahd Hussain. The Interior Ministry of Pakistan has also urged the nation to wear black band and observe a minute of silence on “Black day” to be celebrated to express unity with Kashmiris on October 27, 2018.
According to reports, 17 people were killed by shotgun pellets between July 2016 and August 2017, and 6,221 people were injured by the metal pellets between 2016 and March 2017. Civil society organizations believe that many of them have been partially or completely blinded.
Majority of the Universities in Pakistan observe Kashmir Day religiously very year. Kashmir day is observed on 5 February each year. Kashmir day is national holiday in Pakistan. Pakistani and Kashmiris living abroad observe Kashmir day and hold rallies, debates and processions to express solidarity with Kashmiris.
Pakistani Cultural Festival Held at Peking University China
The International Cultural Festival held at the Peking University Beijing presented performances by Pakistani students studying in China. The students performed folk dances, wearing traditional dresses.
This event was organized on 120th anniversary of Peking University. Pakistani students decorated Pakistani booth with historical and traditional pictures depicting Pakistani culture. A large number of students visited Pakistani booth and learnt about traditional Pakistani games such as ludo, hockey and wore mehndi. The theme of the festival was “PKU and You, 120 Years and Beyond”. Students belonging to 65 countries participated in the event Pakistan. Pakistani students also served Biryani to Foreign students.