The Kashmir Solidarity Day, observed every year on February 5, has a specially morose feel this year around - Indian forces enforced a security lock down on the region earlier in 2019 following the revocation of Article 370 in India's constitution.
With a renewed fervor to extend support to the perpetually oppressed Muslim majority state, Pakistani twitter has come out in troves to dedicate numerous trends to the cause including #KashmirSolidarityDay, #StandWithKashmir, #KashmirDay, #KashmirWantsFreedom and #MillionsForKashmir.
I want Pakistanis at home and abroad to come out on 5th Feb in support of the 8 million Kashmiris who have been besieged by 900k Indian soldiers for almost 6 months by the fascist racist Modi regime— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 24, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan was the first to rally support for the affected people in Kashmir. On January 24, the sitting PM tweeted, "I want Pakistanis at home and abroad to come out on 5th Feb in support of the 8 million Kashmiris who have been besieged by 900k Indian soldiers."
Out of the thousands of tweets being sent out, many are heart wrenching. A particular photo taken as an art project by Instagram user @mimes_gallery has also been doing the rounds,
"Do you want to hear the story of Kashmir? Thousands of rapes, thousands lost eyesight because of pellet guns, thousands of Kashmiris missing..." tweeted one user.
One user commended the courage of the Kashmiri freedom fighters who have been standing up for their rights for seven decades now, with unflinching resolve. "You can't defeat these people.Their stones are more powerful than your bullets."
"This day not only recognises their struggle for freedom but is a tribute to their martyrs," said one Twitter user, adding that they need our support every day.
Everyday-support the people of Kashmir. This day not only recognizes their struggle for freedom but is a tribute to their martyrs. May Kashmir turn into an independent State where Islamic ways of life can be followed without any fear. #KashmirSolidarityDay pic.twitter.com/ItwmU0KYRw— 🇵🇰 (@_introverthk) February 5, 2020
Another tweet pointed out how long its been since Kashmir has been under lock down saying, "This #KashmirSolidarityDay marks the 185th day since the lock down in Kashmir.Let’s write and combine our voices to resolve the agony Kashmiris are suffering everyday!"
Needless to say, this day holds immense importance, specially in light of the recent plight of Kashmiris which hopefully will be a thing of the past the next time this day rolls around.
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