Kashmir Solidarity day observed to honour Kashmiri Shuhada
ISLAMABAD: Kashmir Solidarity day was observed Tuesday throughout the country and Azad Kashmir to demonstrate unflinching support to the just cause of Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination. One minute silence was observed at 10:00 a.m. in honour of the Kashmiri Shuhada. The Joint session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council was held in Muazaffarabad to express total commitment with their Kashmiri brethren.
In his message read out at the joint session, the Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro reaffirmed Pakistan government’s unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the valiant struggle of the Kashmiri people to achieve their legitimate right to self determination.
The Prime Minister reassured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan would continue its support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle and expressed the hope their sacrifices would not go in vain. He urged India to honour the pledge made to the Kashmiri people for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Addressing the session, the AJK President Raja Zulqurnain Khan urged India to sincerely move forward for the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue to establish lasting peace in the region. He paid rich tributes to the people of occupied Kashmir for their heroic struggle against the usurper forces for the achievement of their inalienable right to self determination.
Speaking on the occasion the AJK Prime Minister Sardar Atique Ahmed Khan said that Kashmir issue has become a flash point and without its resolution the economic prosperity and stability in the region could not be established. He pointed out that the vision of the President Parvez Musharraf about Kashmir issue provides solid foundation for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
The Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir presided the session. Earlier the House offered fateha Khawani for the souls of Kashmiri shuhada and the Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Benazir Bhutto. In connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day a human chain was formed between the people of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan at Kuhala Bridge linking Azad Kashmir to Pakistan.
Addressing a rally at Mirpur, the speakers paid rich tribute to those Kashmiris who rendered countless sacrifices for the achievement of their right to self-determination.
Functions were also being held in various parts of the country, Northern Areas, Azad Kashmir and by the Kashmiris elsewhere in the world to highlight the cause of Kashmiris and expose Indian atrocities on them.
World community asked to press India in resolving Kashmir dispute
ISLAMABAD: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), AJK and Pakistan Chapter have called on the world community to exert pressure on India to resolve the issue of Kashmir in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people. APHC AJK Convener Syed Yousuf Naseem while addressing the participants of a walk gathered outside the Indian Embassy here on Tuesday said that durable and lasting peace can not be achieved in the region without the resolution of Kashmir issue.
He said Indian has deployed 800,000 troops in Occupied Kashmir who are involved in committing atrocities against the innocent Kashmiri people. He said despite Indian repression, Kashmiri people will not abandon their movement of independence and will continue till the achievement of right of self-determination. Syed Yousuf Naseem said that Indian government violating the human rights usurped the rights of Kashmiri people and asked United Nations to get resolved the issue according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
He said the four point formula of President Pervez Musharraf is a viable one and it would help resolve the issue of Kashmir. He said both sides should sit together and resolve the issue for the peace in the region. He said CBMs and bus service would be meaningless if the issue of Kashmir is not resolved.
He said some elements are trying to create gulf between Kashmiri and Pakistani people, but they would not be successful in their designs. He said Kashmir is the jugular line of Pakistan as declared by father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He asked India to immediately demilitarize Kashmir and hold plebiscite as promised with the Kashmiri people.
Speaking on the occasion, leader of Muslim Conference occupied Kashmir Manzoor-ul-Haq Batt said that Kashmiris are struggling for independence since 1931. He said India can not suppress the Kashmir people with the deployment of its forces as Kashmiri people are determined to continue their freedom struggle till the achievement of their basic rights. He thanked the Pakistani people for expressing solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren.
PPP AJK leader Syed Akram Shah, on the occasion, asked the United Nations to get the implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir and resolve the issue. He said Indian forces are perpetrating against the innocent people and martyred more than 8000 Kashmiris who were struggling for the right to self-determination. He said deployment of army in occupied Kashmir made the area military cantonment. He asked the international community to put pressure on India to end repression in the occupied valley and resolve the issue according to the wishes of Kashmiri people. Jamaat-e-Islami also held a procession in Islamabad to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for attaining the right of self-determination.
Human chain formed to mark Solidarity day
KOHALA: A graceful ceremony in connection with Kashmir Solidarity day was held here at Kohala Bridge which connects Azad Kashmir with Pakistan. People of Azad Kashmir and NWFP made a human chain by joining hands and observed silence for one minute at 10:00 am on Tuesday. Later, a rally was held to honour the sacrifices by Kashmiris during the struggle for right of self determination which was addressed by different political and social personalities.
AJK Government Advisor Raja Mohammad Yasin Khan represented government of Azad Kashmir while government of Pakistan was represented by Punjab Minister for communication Mubasher Luqman. Nazims of Murree and Abbotabad, AJK government officials and many people from different walks of life participated in the rally. On this occasion, advisor to government of Azad Kashmir Raja Mohammad Yasin Khan said that Kashmiri people had been struggling for their basic right for 60 years and their struggle for liberation cannot be links to terrorism.
He said that destination of Kashmiris is Pakistan and Kashmiris are struggling for solidarity of Pakistan. Punjab Minister for Communication, Mubasher Luqman said that hearts of Pakistani and Kashmiri people throb in unison and added, “We will never leave Kashmiris alone. We will continue our moral and political support for them.” Consistency of Kashmiri people, he said, is an example for the whole world.
Various resolutions were passed on the occasion which included right of self-determination of Kashmiris, stopping the suppression of people in occupied Kashmir and holding of plebiscite in Kashmir.
Pakistan Muslim League is holding a conference on Kashmir
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League is holding a conference on Kashmir to express its solidarity with the Kashmiri people in the Pakistan Muslim League House, Tuesday at 4:00 PM. Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed will be the chief guest on the occasion, while a number of other speakers will participate in the event.
UK Kashmiri community observes Kashmir Solidarity Day
LONDON: UK Kashmiri community observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day with complete fervour and highlight their struggle for attaining the right to self-determination in the occupied valley.
Speaking about the importance of the day, Prof. Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Executive Director, Kashmir Centre London, said the observance of solidarity day at the Government and the peoples level re-assures the moral, political and diplomatic support of all the Pakistanis to the just struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for attaining their right of self determination.
“The people of Jammu & Kashmir have the faith that their Pakistani brothers will stand with them,” he said. In this regard the Kashmir Centre is holding an afternoon with friends of Kashmir. In the evening, a similar function is being organized by the Pakistan High Commission to mark the occasion.
KAC observes Solidarity Day
WASHINGTON: The Kashmiri American Council joined Kashmiris around the world in observing Solidarity Day as it reminded the Indian leadership about the self-determination cause which has been fortified by multiple resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. “We want the international community to realize her responsibility to bring an end to the occupation of Kashmir,” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council.
He stressed the way to a peaceful settlement of the six-decade old Kashmir dispute lies in tripartite negotiations between India, Pakistan and the accredited Kashmiri leadership. Dr. Fai voiced the confidence in a statement that goodwill, long-headed statesmanship and de-escalation initiatives would help lead to peace with justice and charity for all. New Delhi should accede to international law in Kashmir and cooperate in holding a referendum, he stated.
APHC to organize seminar on Kashmir Solidarity Day
SRINAGAR: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference organized a seminar on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day on Tuesday, at its headquarters in Srinagar. Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the APHC. The title of the seminar is “South Asia’s future hinges on resolution of Kashmir issue”.
The people and the government of Pakistan observe February 5, every year, as Kashmir Solidarity Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris in their just struggle to achieving their fundamental right of self-determination.
Meanwhile, the APHC acting Chairman Maulana Abbas Ansari has asked the pro-freedom organizations and leaders to chalk out a joint programme in consultation with each other for commemorating the 24th martyrdom anniversary of Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt, who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984. Despite Kashmiris’ repeated pleas to Indian government to shift remains of the martyred leader to his ancestral land, New Delhi has refused to heed such calls.
UJC appeals to Pakistanis to Observe Feb 5 as Solidarity Day
SRINAGAR: United Jihad Council (UJC) has appealed to the people of Pakistan to observe February 5 as Solidarity Day with Kashmiris. In a statement to local news agency KNS, UJC spokesperson Syed Sadaqat Hussain quoting its Chairman Syed Salahudin said, “By observing Solidarity Day on February 5, people of Pakistan and its administrated Kashmir will show to the world that they are with the oppressed Kashmiris and that people of Kashmir aren’t alone in their fight for basis rights.”
“By observing Solidarity Day, message would go that Pakistan is supporting Kashmiris on political, moral and diplomatic front. Implementation of United Nations resolutions is the only solution of Kashmir problem, “Salahudin said. “India has suppressed and oppressed the Kashmiris for the last 60-years and denied them basic rights. But history is witness that India never succeeded in its designs and Kashmiris always demanded independence,” he added.
He said that the idea of observing February 5 as Solidarity Day with Kashmiris was initiated by president of Jamait-e-Islami Pakistan 17 years back. “Since then, the day is being observed not only in Pakistan only but allover the world.” The UJC chairman warned those people who according to him were trying to make a sellout of the sacrifices of the martyrs. “Nobody would be allowed to make a sellout and freedom movement would be taken to its logical conclusion,” he added.
Kashmir Solidarity day observed in US
WASHINGTON: The Kashmiri American Council joined Kashmiris around the world in observing Solidarity Day Tuesday as it reminded the Indian leadership about the self-determination cause which has been fortified by multiple resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.
On the occasion, Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said “We want the international community to realize its responsibility to bring an end to the occupation of Kashmir.” He stressed the way to a peaceful settlement of the six-decade old Kashmir dispute lies in tripartite negotiations between Pakistan, India and the accredited Kashmiri leadership.-SANA