Public holiday in Pakistan on February 5

Cabinet Division says that on the day, a one-minute silence would be observed at 10am

The Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed with a demonstration at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Karachi. — AFP
The Kashmir Solidarity Day is being observed with a demonstration at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Karachi. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: The federal government Friday announced that February 5 (Kashmir Day) would be observed as a national holiday.

In a notification, the Cabinet Division said that on the day, a one-minute silence would be observed at 10am.

In Pakistan, on February 5 every year, Kashmir Day is observed to convey a message of solidarity and support to the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The Kashmir issue remains a flash point between Pakistan and India, with Islamabad constantly urging the world to hold a plebiscite on the disputed territory.

The conflict prompted global outrage after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unilateral decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to the IIOJK on August 5, 2019.

Pakistan has also maintained that ties with the nuclear neighbour would not normalise until Kashmir’s special status is restored.

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