RAWALPINDI - Like other parts of the country, Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed by political, religious parties and civil society across the district on Tuesday, despite harsh weather condition, to express solidarity with innocent Kashmiri people fighting to get freedom from the cruel jaws of Indian forces.One-minute silence was observed throughout the district at 10:00am. Human chains made by men, women and children at various points across the district as well as in Azad Kashmir at Mangla, Barar Kot and Kohala the connecting points between Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to express solidarity with the struggling Kashmiris.In this connection, massive rallies were taken out in various parts of the city prominent among were Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Ansar-ul-Ummah (AU), AU Azad Kashmir, Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), Jammat-e-Islami (JI) and Sunni Tehrik. The protestors, while holding their party flags, Kashmiri flags, placards, banners mentioning slogans in favor of Kashmiris and against India, also bellowed slogans against Indian government with demand to give the self-determination to Kashmiri people as per UN resolution. They also asked the international community to play active role to end Indian atrocities in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).Tight security measures were adopted by the law enforcement agencies to protect the rallies. Traffic remained at a halt in several areas owing to mess of protestors on the roads. According to details, a rally was carried out by PML-N AJK Rawalpindi Division from Pull Shah Nazar Jamia Masjid Road to Liaquat Bagh, led by President Muhammad Siddique Khan, City President Javed Butt and General Secretary Tariq Loon with hundreds of others also joining in.The speakers, while addressing the participants, said that the whole Kashmiri nation thanked Pakistani nation for supporting in core issue of Kashmir. Blistering on PPP led government; they said that on one hand the rulers claimed to support Kashmir issue while awarded India the status of Most Favorite Nation (MFN) on the other hand.“PPP government is not loyal with Kashmiris at any cost and damaging the core issue,” they said adding that ample proof of which not a single meeting was held by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister with Kashmiri leadership during five years. JuD activists, led by District Ameer Abdul Rehman with former director general ISI Lt General (retd) Hameed Gull, former Prime Minister AJK Sardar Atiq Ahmed Khan, Shahbir Ahmed Khan and hundreds of its other activists, assembled at Chandni Chowk to express solidarity with Kashmiri people. On the occasion, prominent Kashmiri Leader Shabir Ahmed Shah addressed the protestors by phone.Lt Gen (retd) Hameed Gull said that the incumbent government has been engaged in potato and tomato trade with India shelving the Kashmir issue. “We will never allow any government to do so,” he said. He said that USA turned to peaceful talks instead of invading the countries; therefore she should solve the Kashmir issue as per desires of Kashmir people.Pakistan is incomplete with out Kashmir, said Sardar Ateeq Ahmed Khan. He said that Kashmiri nation would not hesitate from rendering any kind of sacrifice to get liberation from Indian forces.Ansar-ul-Ummah Pakistan and DPC marched from Raja Bazaar to Rawalpindi Islamabad Press Club under the leadership of its Ameer Maluna Fazal-ur-Rehman Khalil and Zahid Bakhtawari and many others. Addressing the participants, they said that the rulers would not be allowed for selling Kashmir in the hands of India in return of trade. They termed the present rulers of Pakistan as traitors. They said that the Kashmir issue should be solved as per UN resolutions and if India did not come on table then they would free Kashmir by power. Zahid Bakhtawari said that the nation is with Kashmiri people and would never leave them alone in this struggle of liberty.     STP Senior Central Leader Muhammad Shahid Ghauri, addressing a mammoth public gathering at Murree in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, said that no body could save India from dividing into pieces if she did not stop violence and pulled out its forces from occupied Kashmir. He said that Kashmiri nation should be given rights of self-determination.Before leaving for Islamabad to join the main rally take out by JI Pakistan, JI Rawalpindi Division Ameer Sajjad Ahmed Abbasi while addressing a gathering at Liaquat Bagh said that every child of Pakistan is with innocent Kashmiris. On the occasion Naib Ameer Rizwan Ahmed, Sheikh Masood and Syed Uzair Hamid were also present.   In connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, a tableau and Kashmiri songs competition among school students was held at Rawalpindi Arts Council to express unity with the innocent people of occupied Kashmir in the fight against Indian subjugation and with a spirit to impress upon the world the need to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.Chairman Pakistan Green Task Force (PGTF) Dr Jamal Nasir was the guest of honor along with Naheed Manzoor and Waqar Ahmed, Resident Director RAC. More than 20 schools from Rawalpindi/Islamabad participated while Iqbal Tabasum, Salman Tahir and Muhammad Awais adjudged the competition. In the category of group Kashmiri songs, Sringle House School secured first, Woods Montessori got second, FG Girls Secondary School Lalazar achieved third while DPS Girls branch remained forth. Similarly, in the category of tableau competition based on Kashmiri songs and current situation, Woods Montessori secured first, Springle House got second, Eden School achieved third while Aims School remained forth.PGTF Chairman Green Task Force Dr Jamal Nasir paid homage to the Kashmiri martyrs and highlighted the plight of Kashmiris for their birth right to self-determination.  He said that Kashmir dispute held the key to durable peace in the South Asian region. “A sustainable resolution of the problem will only be possible if the aspirations of the Kashmiris are taken into account,” Dr Jamal Nasir added. He said Rawalpindi Arts Council enthusiasm is also appreciable for solidarity with people of Kashmir.Naheed Manzoor said also highlighted the inability of the United Nations to implement its own resolution of 1948 on the issue of Kashmir despite acknowledging the Kashmir as a disputed area. Waqar Ahmed Resident Director, Rawalpindi Arts Council thanked the chief guest and office bearers of All Pakistan Private School Management Association for extending full cooperation in organizing of the event.