In pictures: People come out in droves in Pakistan to mark ‘Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir’

People from all walks of life as well as representatives of political parties took part in Kashmir solidarity rallies across the country.
Published August 5, 2022 Updated August 5, 2022 05:17pm

People from all sections of society came out in droves on streets across the country to mark Youm-e-Istehsal Kashmir (the day of exploitation) to condemn New Delhi’s move to strip India-occupied Kashmir of its special autonomy three years ago.

On August 5, 2019, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status by repealing Article 370 of the constitution. The move allowed people from the rest of India to have the right to acquire property in occupied Kashmir and settle there permanently.

Article 370 had also limited the power of the Indian parliament to impose laws in the state, apart from matters of defence, foreign affairs and communications.

On Friday, many people from all walks of life as well as representatives of political parties took part in anti-India rallies across the country today, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Students, social workers, politicians and members of civil society carried Kashmir flags and placards with slogans decrying Indian atrocities in the occupied Kashmir.

Civil society members hold a rally to show solidarity with Kashmiris on Friday. — Picture via FO
Civil society members hold a rally to show solidarity with Kashmiris on Friday. — Picture via FO

A large number of people take out a rally in Jhelum to mark Youm-e-Istehsal on Friday. — Picture courtesy: APP
A large number of people take out a rally in Jhelum to mark Youm-e-Istehsal on Friday. — Picture courtesy: APP

A solidarity walk was taken out by Foreign Office employees on the occasion of Youm-e-Istehsal on Friday. — Picture via FO/Twitter
A solidarity walk was taken out by Foreign Office employees on the occasion of Youm-e-Istehsal on Friday. — Picture via FO/Twitter

People attend rally in Umerkot on Friday. — Picture via APP
People attend rally in Umerkot on Friday. — Picture via APP

Leaders of PPP, PML-N, among others are seen at a rally that was taken out at Constitution Avenue, Islamabad on Friday to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiri people. — Picture courtesy: Radio Pakistan
Leaders of PPP, PML-N, among others are seen at a rally that was taken out at Constitution Avenue, Islamabad on Friday to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiri people. — Picture courtesy: Radio Pakistan

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif (L) and PPP’s Qamar Zaman Kaira, among others, are seen at a rally at Constitution Avenue, Islamabad on Friday to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiri people. — Picture courtesy: APP
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif (L) and PPP’s Qamar Zaman Kaira, among others, are seen at a rally at Constitution Avenue, Islamabad on Friday to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiri people. — Picture courtesy: APP

Header image: A large number of people hold a rally in Hyderabad to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiri people on the occasion of Youm-e-Istehsal. — Picture via APP