Speakers at the seminar organized by Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday said that the liberation of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) can become a reality only through jihad.
They say that statements on Kashmir by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will not work, and that there is a very urgent need in exchange for training. The Kashmir Solidarity Seminar was held at Idara Noor-e-Haq, JI headquarters in Karachi, in conjunction with Kashmir Solidarity Day which is celebrated annually on February 5.
The speakers urged the Pakistani government to take practical steps and to impress on the good of the nations, the United Nations and international human rights organizations to force India to respect the UN charter to resolve the IOK issue.
JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman condemned the human rights abuses at IOK and said that Kashmiris were with Pakistan. He said it was our rulers’ responsibility to highlight the Kashmir issue in international forums to make them aware of the Indian atrocities being carried out in the valley.
He regretted that international and UN forces were awakened when it came to Iraq, Sudan and problems with other countries, but they remained silent about the world’s most burning IOK issue. He called on all political parties and human rights bodies to voice the Kashmir issue together and condemn the brutality facing the valley people at the hands of the Indian government.
Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League leader Nihal Hashmi said that considering the jihad option is the responsibility of the government, adding that if it were to declare waging jihad, the country’s people would stand with Kashmiris in their just struggle for freedom.
He said the government should allow prime minister Azad Jammu & Kashmir to declare jihad. “We are with the Kashmiri PM and will carry out a joint jihad against India’s illegal occupation of Kashmir.”
Pakistani People’s Party Senator Taj Haider said that we must identify our friends and enemies, because as a Third World country, we have been forced by the stronger countries to fight for satisfying their interior motives.
He said, in accordance with the UN charter, voting could be held in the IOK to find out the people’s will, so the government had to approach the international community to make it happen.