In a landmark achievement for Pakistan diplomacy on Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the New York State Assembly has adopted a legislative resolution, making New York the first state in the United States to proclaim February 5, 2021, as “Kashmir American Day”, says Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.

The passing of the resolution on the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ when the government and the people of Pakistan and Kashmiris across the world were expressing their unwavering support and solidarity with the people in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination is a welcome development, the spokesperson added.

The resolution appreciates the courage and perseverance of the Kashmiri people and recognises their unique cultural and religious identity. It also underscores that “the State of New York endeavours to champion human rights, including the freedom of religion, movement and expression for all Kashmiri people,” he continued.

The resolution is yet another manifestation of continuing international support to the Kashmiri people in the just struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions. It is also a proof that India cannot hide its gross and systemic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people any more, Zahid said.

The role played by State Assembly member Nader Sayegh and American Pakistani Advocacy Group in this regard is greatly appreciated, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri concluded.

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