Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert): I endorse the statement of our founding father that Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and no nation or country could tolerate its Jugular vein remaining under the sword of the enemy. It is also a recognized fact that Pakistan is the main stakeholder and without Pakistan there is no solution to the Kashmir dispute. Pakistan continues to support Kashmir morally, politically and diplomatically. The Indian government under the leadership of Narendra Modi took a unilateral and unconstitutional decision of revoking article 370 and 35-A that makes the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir more deteriorated. No country in the world accepts the Indian claim that Kashmir is an integral part of India but is hesitant to express it because of the national interests with India. It is the responsibility of United Nations and other World powers to play their role in peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute. World should realize that peace and stability in South Asia is impossible without a peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue as per resolutions of United Nations.
Abdul Majeed Mir (Hurriyet Leader): Every year 5th February is marked as Solidarity Day with purpose to express Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, their ongoing freedom struggle, and to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs who lost their lives fighting for Kashmir’s freedom. On this day a clear message is conveyed to India and the world that the oppressed Kashmiris are not alone as the entire Pakistani nation is with them. It was India that took up the issue of Kashmir to the United Nations itself. But unfortunately despite several resolutions passed in the UN, the Kashmiris are still struggling to get their right to self-determination. For the last seven decades, Pakistan has been continuing its moral and diplomatic support and will continue to do so until and unless the Kashmir issue is resolved in accordance with UN resolutions. It is a recognized truth that peace is not possible in South asia without solving this long standing issue.