When is Kashmir Day?
Kashmir Solidarity Day, also known as 'Youm-e-Yakhjehti-e-Kashmir' has been observed as a national holiday in Pakistan since 1990 as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir.This Pakistani public holiday is celebrated annually on 5 February.
History of Kashmir Day
A non working day to highlight the issue of Kashmir was first suggested by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in 1990. The idea was supported by Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister at the time, and the Prime Minister at the time, Benazir Bhutto. The Pakistan People’s Party then declared February 5 as a public holiday.
Pakistan considers the issue of control of Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan, which has led to three wars and means that Pakistan feel they need to devote a significant portion of their national income to military budgets.
On Kashmir Day, all government, semi-government and private offices across Pakistan will remain closed.
The day is marked by political rallies, marches and speeches about Kashmir. A human chain is formed on the major route from Pakistan to the Kashmir.