Pakistanis stress solidarity with people of Kashmir
RIYADH: The annual observance of “Kashmir Solidarity Day” reflects reaffirmation of our moral, political and diplomatic support toward our Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for fundamental rights and civil liberties, said Khayyam Akbar, deputy head of mission of Pakistan.
Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed here at the Pakistani Embassy on Friday as a token of solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
Akbar cited that the Pakistani government would not compromise on Kashmir and would remain firmly committed to its principled stance on Jammu and Kashmir.
“The beautiful valley of Kashmir has turned in to valley of fire and blood,” said the deputy head of mission, adding, “India deployed seven to eight hundred thousand soldiers in Kashmir to suppress Kashmiri people but the suppression will not deter them from their stand.”
Reiterating the message of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the occasion, Akbar said, the PM has invited India to resolve the issue of Kashmir through dialogue.
He pointed out that the lingering Kashmiri dispute would have adverse effects on the socio-economic development of the region and stressed that arbitrary and unlawful detentions in Kashmir must end.
The diplomat asserted that Kashmir is part of the unfinished agenda, and its resolution is the key to regional peace and stability.
“Some have tried to declare Pakistan as a terrorist country but this attempt has failed and it is clear that Pakistan is a peaceful country,” Akbar said.
Mohammad Ashiq Khan presented a resolution, which expressed solidarity with Kashmiri people, and demanded the international community to take notice of the atrocities committed by the Indian Army in Kashmir.
The resolution called on the Indian government to resolve the issue of Kashmir according to the UN resolution.
Khan thanked the Saudi government under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OCI) for supporting the Kashmiri cause.
Qamer Faisal, Abdul Basit, Rasid Butt, Rana Iftikhar, Mian Hamid Ali, Ejaz Hamdani and Sardar Mohammad Razzaq were amongst the key speakers at the event.
The speakers pledged to continue supporting Kashmiris until they attain their right to self-determination.
They also highlighted the atrocities and human right abuses in Kashmir and paid homage to the martyrs who offered their lives for the cause.
Pakistani community members including officials, businessmen, students, journalists and intellectuals attended the event.