New York State passes resolution to observe 5 Feb as “Kashmir-American Day”

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Srinagar: The State of New York has become the first state in the United States to proclaim 5 February as “Kashmir-American Day” – the day when Pakistan observes “Kashmir Solidarity Day” expressing support to Kashmiris.

The New York State Assembly on Wednesday marked 5 February as “Kashmir-American Day” by adopting a resolution through a voice vote. Pakistan has called it a “welcome development”.

“The State of New York endeavours to champion human rights including the freedom of religion, movement, and expression for all Kashmiri people,” the resolution said.

Pakistan’s Consul General in New York Ayesha Ali hailed the resolution of the New York State Assembly, reported Dawn, and lauded the role of American-Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) for this “great work”. “Very important day, very important resolution,” Ali said.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson of Pakistan, Zahid Hafeez Chaudri said that the resolution “appreciates the courage and perseverance of the Kashmiri people and recognises their unique cultural and religious identity.”

However, there has been no reaction from India yet till this report was filed.

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