A simple, dignified ceremony was held at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Milan on Thursday, August 5, 2021 to observe Youm-e-Istehsaal and to express solidarity with the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Due to Covid pandemic, open participation by members of Pakistani community was not possible. Still, about 50 members of Pakistani community participated in the ceremony along with Officers and staff members of the Consulate General. Hundreds more participated online through Facebook as the programme was livestreamed.
After recitation from Holy Quran, national anthem of Pakistan and Kashmir anthem were played. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out to the audience.
In his address to the gathering, Consul General Dr. Manzoor A. Chaudhry stated that the unilateral actions of India on August 5, 2019 have resulted in extreme hardship for the people of IIOJK. He stated that the United Nations Security Council resolutions have clearly given the right of choice to people of Kashmir and a plebiscite must be held without delay enabling Kashmiri people to decide their future. He denounced Indian occupation forces for brutalities wrecked on unarmed Kashmiri people. He demanded that world nations must meet their obligation and press India to honour its commitment to the world. He reiterated Pakistan’s continued, unflinching diplomatic, moral and political support to the people of IIOJK. He also appreciated members of Pakistani community in Italy for their continued support to Kashmiri people.
Prayers were offered for independence of IIOJK from the Indian occupation. Refreshments were served at the end of the programme.
August 5, 2021