Participants of rallies and demonstrations held in Karachi to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday renewed their pledge to continue full moral support for the Kashmiri people who, they say, have fought for their independence from India.
They say that Kashmir is experiencing the worst form of aggression at the hands of Indian forces in controlled Kashmir.
A number of religious and political parties, civil society organizations and population groups have organized rallies and various other programs to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren.
Commemorating Kashmir Solidarity Day, the Karachi branch of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Pakistan holds a rally that starts at the party secretariat, Rumah Insaf, and ends at Mazar-e-Quaid.
A large number of workers, including party, central, provincial and regional leaders, attended the rally. President of PTI Karachi and MPA Khurram Sher Zaman addressed the participants that the party rally was an expression of solidarity and love for the people of Kashmir.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan has been highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international level for the last three years. Currently, the Kashmir issue is being discussed all over the world, including the United Nations, “he said. “There is a leader in our country who is a source of pride for Muslims around the world,” he said, adding that the opposition party never talked about solving the Kashmir problem while they were in government.
Saeed Afridi, Secretary General and MPA PTI Karachi, said that a photo of Prime Minister Imran Khan had been posted in Indian-occupied Kashmir today. “It shows that the Kashmiri people love him. God willing, Kashmir will become part of Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan. “
PTI leader Azad Kashmir Sardar Maqsood Zaman said that Kashmir is the lifeblood of Pakistan.
The Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) organized an event to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day to condemn the atrocities of Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir and revoke Kashmir’s special status by amending India’s constitution.
MQM-P organizer Khaliq Maqbool Siddiqui, federal minister Aminul Haq and other speakers spoke to the attendees, who gathered in a park adjacent to the party headquarters in Bahadurabad.
Siddiqui said that 30 million Karachi people are with their Kashmiri brothers and fully support their struggle for freedom. He demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide a road map for the country to solve the Kashmir problem.
“When 500 days of curfew and lockdown have passed in Indian-occupied Kashmir, we are gathering here to condemn the brutality of the Indian government,” he said.
“While we praise the United Nations for bringing freedom to millions and dismantling apartheid and colonialism in various countries and continents over the past seven decades, we are also confused by the inability of the world body to solve this problem,” he said.
Other speakers called on human rights fighters to help Kashmiris gain freedom from India and demanded that the Pakistani government and all Muslim heads of state raise the Kashmir issue in all international forums.
A large number of Jamaat-e-Islami workers, including women and children, attended a rally to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day, which was presented by JI deputy head Liaquat Baloch, Sindh chairman Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, Karachi chairman Hafiz Naeemur Rehman and other leaders.
The speaker expressed solidarity with Indian-occupied Kashmiris (IOK) and said that despite facing atrocities at the hands of Indian forces in the valley, Kashmir alongside Pakistan, and under international law, Pakistan has the right to initiate and assist Kashmiris at all costs.
Condemning silent audiences around the world, they said these countries were not interested in solving the Kashmir problem; on the contrary, they are against Muslims, and the West wants to preserve the legacy of the United States to remain silent on this burning issue.
Baloch said the government, national leadership and policymakers must stop the irresponsibility of Kashmir and make a unified policy about it. “A bold step must also be taken on the diplomatic front against India because the Kashmir issue is not only a world problem, but actually it is a legal and rights issue of 20 million people.
“By ignoring Kashmir, its true stakeholder, any step that will be taken by the world order will not solve this problem and will be a criminal act,” he said. “Our government must announce a bold Kashmir policy and Jamaat-e-Islami will not ignore the agreement. whatever in this case and we will keep the masses passionate about the Kashmiri struggle. “
Baloch said PM Imran Khan spoke in a better way about Kashmir at the UN General Assembly. “But he declared traitors who intend to cross the ceasefire line between the two Kashmiris.”
Mehanti said all human rights bodies and the West had recognized in principle that IOK people were tortured under lockdown imposed by the Indian government on them. He said the brutality of Indian troops against women, children and youth could not destroy Kashmiris’ desire for freedom.
“Kashmir Day should not be considered a day to be commemorated, but steps must also be taken that can turn the Kashmir struggle into a reality and it is an independent state for the Kashmiri people,” he said.
Rehman said that world powers have never taken the Kashmir problem seriously and that it is still unsolved even though 73 years have passed. “Our rulers must take a straightforward stance in Kashmir and declare jihad against India,” he said.
Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl held a rally outside the Karachi Press Club to commemorate Kashmir Day, during which speakers, including the party district chief Maulana Noorul Haq, and former Balochistan Assembly deputy chairman Inayatullah Bazai, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s madness had brought the whole territory to the brink of war.
“The Indian government has committed grave violations of the UN resolution by revoking Article 370 of its constitution,” Haq said while addressing the participants. “We do not wish any good from the UN which remains unmoved at the injustices being carried out not only in Kashmir but in Syria, Myanmar and other Muslim countries,” he said. Another speaker said that the Kashmir issue is an incomplete agenda of the division of the subcontinent, which has not been resolved through a vote by the people of the valley.
Rally in Qayyumabad
A large number of people from Qayyumabad and surrounding areas attended the rally to show solidarity with Kashmiri people on Kashmir Day. Former UC Qayyumabad chairman and PTI leader Shamshad Khan chaired the rally. The rally starts from Qayyumabad and ends at Insaf House.
Khan said that the United Nations should implement its resolution on the Kashmir issue and make efforts to ensure independence for Kashmiris. “The right to self-determination is a fundamental right enshrined in the UN charter which is not extinguished by delays and manipulations,” he said.
Large numbers of people from various walks of life participated in rallies organized by Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) in various cities in Sindh to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday.
Demonstrators held banners and placards with slogans against India’s atrocities in occupied Kashmir. The main protest of the Karachi MWM Division regarding Kashmir Solidarity Day was held after Friday prayers at the Jamia Noor Iman Mosque.
Allama Sadiq Jafari, Allama Mirza Yusuf Hussain, Allama Azhar Naqvi, Allama Mubashir Hassan, Allama Malik Muhammad Abbas and others participated in the protests and condemned India’s atrocities and crimes against humanity in the occupied territories.
Speakers said that the mockery of humanity displayed by India in occupied Kashmir was unprecedented in history. They claim that for the last seventy years, Kashmir has suffered from cruelty and barbarism. They say India is a rogue state that has violated resolutions of international bodies, including the United Nations.
MWM also held a prayer meeting in memory of the Kashmiri martyrs at the exhibition square. Leaders from various political and religious parties pay tribute to Kashmiri martyrs. Candles are also lit on these occasions.
Ali Hussain Naqvi in his speech said the time had come for the future of the Kashmiri people to be decided in accordance with United Nations resolutions. The Indian government’s intensification of atrocities against minorities paved the way for a popular uprising, he added.
The speaker highlighted that it is the stubbornness and undemocratic attitude of the Indian rulers that are an obstacle in giving the Kashmiri people the right to self-determination. He said India considers itself the champion of democracy, but ironically its attitude towards Muslims in occupied Kashmir is worse than that of dictators.
He said if India were a democracy it would not be a democratic country, those who raise their voices for their rights are not forcefully suppressed. He also regretted the apathy of the Muslim world over the Kashmir issue. He said Muslim countries were sadly following policies that weakened Muslims politically around the world. The speaker said it was our moral and religious responsibility to speak out in support of the unarmed and oppressed people in Kashmir.