ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Kashmiris all over the world are observing the Day of Annexation to Pakistan (Youm-e-Ilhaq-e-Pakistan) today.
The people across Pakistan are also observing Youm-e-Ilhaq-e-Pakistan show solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren. Special prayers will be arranged for the independence of Kashmiris.
The people of Kashmir observed Youm-e-Ilhaq-e-Pakistan on July 19, 1948, and the day has been observed every year since then.
On 19th July in 1947, genuine representatives of the Kashmiris unanimously passed the resolution of Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan during a meeting of the All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference at the residence of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Aabi Guzar area of Srinagar.
The historic resolution called for the Accession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan in view of its existing religious, geographical, cultural and economic proximity to Pakistan and the aspirations of millions of Kashmiri Muslims.
The development had come almost a month before the creation of two sovereign states of Pakistan and India under the Partition Plan of the British Indian colony on August 14 and 15 respectively, the same year.
As per the understanding behind the Partition Plan, the Princely States were free to accede to either of the two newly established countries. The decision of 19th July 1947 was a testimony to the fact that the people of Kashmir had linked their future with Pakistan.
They took the decision of joining Pakistan to protect their political-religious, social, cultural, and economic rights, as they were well aware of their fate under Hindus who had deep-seated animosity for Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir.