Issue# 204

1st Feb 2011

Kashmir Solidarity Day-2011




Kashmir Solidarity Day has been observed on 5 February each year since 1990 in Pakistan as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir. It is a national holiday in Pakistan. The current uprising against the Indian occupation of Kashmir began in 1989 and in view of the popularity of this indigenous uprising the Benazir Bhutto government of the time made it official and declared this a public holiday in 1990. Ever since this declaration, each year February 5 is observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day, by Pakistanis throughout Pakistan and abroad.


Pakistan considers Kashmir as the core issue, between India and Pakistan. This remains a flash point between the two neighbors and has also lead to three wars between them. The World leaders have stressed the need to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan to avoid an eventuality that may cause a catastrophe in the region.

The Pakistani community in Riyadh, and for that matter throughout Saudi Arabia, has been fervently participating in programs marking the Kashmir Solidarity Day each year, hosted under the aegis of the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh.


This year too Embassy of Pakistan under the leadership of its Defense Attaché – Brig. Hassan Jalil Shah - is gearing up to host the Kashmir Solidarity Day-2011 program. As a warming up, Brig. Hassan formed a Steering Committee to oversee the Kashmir Solidarity Day program that has been scheduled to be hosted this year (2011) on Friday, 4th of February at 03:30 PM. The Steering Committee includes: Brig Hassan Jalil Shah (Chair) and other members as: Mohammad Asghar Qureshi, Muhammad Riaz Rathore, Faiz Al-Najdi, Khalid Akram Rana, Dr. Asif Qureshi, Qari Aziz Ur Rehman, Mohammad Rafiq, Malik Abdul Qayyum Malik, and Sardar Muhammad Razzaq.


In the meeting per se the following important decisions were taken:




  • The Kashmir Solidarity Day Program-2011 would be hosted in the Community Hall of the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh on Friday the 4th of February at 03:30 PM.

  • His Excellency Ambassador Omar Khan Ali Sherzai shall chair the program.

  • Dr. Yousuf Siraj – President WAMY (World Assembly of Muslim Youth) is expected to be the Chief Guest on the occasion.

  • About 8 speakers from the Pakistani community, represented by all shades of life in Riyadh, would be invited to deliver speeches marking the occasion.

  • The program would be anchored and moderated by an Embassy official this time.

  • A four member Media Committee was also formed to spread the words amongst the Pakistani community so as to ensure their attendance and hence make this program a success.

  • The Committee comprised of: Muhammad Riaz Rathore, Khalid Akram Rana, Sardar Muhammad Razzaq, and Faiz Al-Najdi.

The Meeting concluded with prayers led by Qari Aziz Ur Rehman for the welfare and wellbeing of the Kashmiri people and for the maghferat of the martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of Kashmir and the Kashmiris.