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PM Khan on Kashmir Hour: India must know that Pakistan will not back down on the Kashmir cause

An overwhelming turnout of protestors witnessed across the country following PM Khan’s call to mark Kashmir Hour on Friday in his Monday speech.

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Entire Pakistan swept with the slogans of freedom of Kashmir as thousands of people flocked to the streets to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris on the call of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to mark ‘Kashmir Hour’ on Friday. Massive gatherings in various cities herald the public’s unwavering support for PM Khan’s call for ‘Kashmir Hour’.

Streets Flooded with Protestors

Social media flourished with images and videos of people demonstrating against the vicious Modi-led government. From school children to the elderly, Pakistanis showed immense strength for freedom of the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Prime Minister’s Address

The Federal capital Islamabad was the epicenter of protests, as a mammoth of protesters reached prime minister’s secretariat carrying the flags of Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the demonstrators along with senior government officials at the gates, which were opened for the first time to the public.

Masses were instructed to remain out of their houses, office buildings, markets/malls and gather in a nearby street. It also urged people to hold maximum numbers of AJK flags in the protest.

Prime Minister addressed the demonstrators at PM office, asserting that Pakistan’s messages cannot be reached to the people of occupied Kashmir due to a complete communication blackout but will reach Delhi, a message clearly displaying that Pakistan will NOT back down from the Kashmir cause, urged Prime Minister Imran Khan. He added that there is a need to comprehend the ideology of RSS-backed BJP administration, which is currently ruling Delhi.  People diligently listened to PM’s speech while standing in solidarity with Kashmiris. He thanked the people for showing their overwhelming support to his call of ‘Kashmir Hour’.

He announced that the government of Pakistan will outreach acclaimed international celebrities who are champions of human rights, to raise their voice for Kashmiris and those who are under siege since the month. He promised that Pakistan will give a befitting response to India over the Kashmir issue and that he firmly believes PM Modi’s annexation for Jammu Kashmir has paved the way for the freedom of Kashmir.

People from all walks of life participated in the protest including media organizations, celebrities, sports figures, private enterprises, and state departments. Important public spots in various cities, including Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum and Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi, D-chowk Islamabad, Punjab University and DHA in Lahore catered a large number of protesters.


Social Media 

Those who couldn’t come out on the streets used their social media platforms to provide their support to the Kashmir issue. Kashmir has hooked Twitter with various social media hashtags, including #KashmirHour, #ImranKhan, #NikloKashmirKiKhatir, #SaveKashmir, trending heavily on social media.

Even Pakistan People’s Party leader Bilawal Bhutto also tweeted during ‘Kashmir Hour.’



Notification on Kashmir Hour

Kashmir Hour is part of the coherent national mobilising campaign aimed at highlighting the Kashmir issue vigorously. Kashmir Hour, which spanned for half an hour, commenced with the playing of the national anthem of Pakistan and Kashmir across the country on all TV, FM and Radio channels.

It also instructed the PM and Chief Ministers of the provinces to gather with parliamentarians outside their respective offices. Masses were instructed to remain out of their houses, office buildings, markets/malls and gather in a nearby street. It also urged people to hold maximum numbers of AJK flags in the protest. The government also planned the aerial coverage of the protests through drones and helicopters. The celebrities, politicians and other notable figures were expected to tweet their message for Kashmir and urged people to join them for protests.

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Several celebrities including Shahid Afridi, Mahira Khan, Bilal Ashraf, Shaan, Humayun Saeed, Veena Malik, Faysal Qureshi, Hamza Ali Abbasi, and others urged fans to step into the streets for Kashmir Cause. The other activities included congregational prayers for the freedom of Kashmir after Jumma prayers.

Staunch countrywide support is necessary for the government of Pakistan to challenge and fight India internationally; the relations between India and Pakistan has significantly damaged following India’s revoking of the special status of Jammu Kashmir.

Progress on the Kashmir Issue

Pakistanis from all over the world marked India’s Independence Day as a Black Day on 15th August globally. Massive protests erupted in London, UK and other countries in a bid to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Pakistan has also raised the matter at the United Nations which led to a closed-door meeting on the issue. Moreover, PM Khan is reaching out to his counterparts in several countries to discuss and brief them about India’s ongoing atrocities in the valley.