19th July – accession to Pakistan day

(Kashmir Media Service) 19th July is of special significance in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. On this day in 1947, genuine representatives of majority of Kashmiris passed the resolution of Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan. The resolution reflected the aspirations of the majority of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Every year the day is celebrated by Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and Pakistan. The Muslims of Kashmir took this decision of accession to Pakistan to protect their religious, economic and political rights.
The Accession to Pakistan Day is celebrated to rededicate all energies and resources to continue the liberation movement. Kashmiris should be part of the dialogue process between India and Pakistan and all issues should be settled through peaceful agreement. Kashmiris want that India should withdraw its forces from the occupied territory and allow the people to decide their own destiny. United Nations has also granted the Kashmiris the right to decide their future through a plebiscite, but India is denying them this right. Consequently the freedom struggle launched by Kashmiris is still going on unabated. Kashmir issue has also become a flashpoint for the international community.
The resolution of the Kashmir dispute is imperative for permanent peace in the region. The people and government of Pakistan are supporting the people of Kashmir diplomatically, morally and politically. Resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to discuss various issues including Kashmir is also a testimony to the fact that Pakistan holds the concern of Kashmiri people near its heart. The world has witnessed that Kashmiris are determined to carry their liberation movement to its logical end. The decision of 19th July 1947 also established the facts that the people of Kashmir have linked their future with Pakistan. Despite losing over one hundred thousand of their fellow beings, the Kashmiris are fighting for their freedom with valor and determination.
The celebration of the day also reiterates that Kashmiris will never accept India’s hegemony. At the time of partition of subcontinent the princely states were given the option of joining either Pakistan or India. On this occasion Jammu and Kashmir had ideologically decided to join Pakistan ahead of partition. Pakistan came into being on August 14, 1947, whereas the general council of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference decided to accede to Pakistan much earlier on 19th July 1947, through a unanimous resolution. 19th July resolution equates in significance to the resolution in 1940 in Lahore known as the Pakistan Resolution. On this occasion the Kashmiri leadership has appealed to the United Nations to pressurize India to implement its resolutions on Kashmir to settle the lingering conflict. The peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute can only guarantee lasting peace in the region and the world as a whole.