Srinagar: Various pro-freedom leaders Saturday felicitated the government and people of Pakistan on the eve of Pakistan Day to be observed Sunday.
In a statement, Hurriyat Conference(M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Pakistan’s “unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support had always been a source of inspiration for the Kashmiris.”
He hoped that the country would continue supporting the Kashmir cause till the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who heads the parallel Hurriyat faction, in a statement prayed for the security and stability of Pakistan. Pakistan had been the “focal point of Muslim world’s hopes and aspirations,” Geelani said in a statement.
Geelani said though Pakistan was facing certain problems currently, as long as the country’s “ideological boundaries are taken care of no power can threaten its geographical boundaries.”
Chief patron JKLF-R Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar also felicitated Pakistan.
In a joint statement here Saturday, Tramboo and Dar said that March 23 was a historic for the resolution passed on the day that provided a blueprint of state of Pakistan.
“The Kashmiri people have always remained the well-wishers of the state of Pakistan, and they believe that Pakistan will continue to support their struggle on every front, be it the political or diplomatic front,” the JKLF leaders said.
They prayed for the prosperous and peaceful Pakistan, “because a peaceful and stable Pakistan is in the favour of Kashmiris.”
The breakway Hurriyat faction led by Shabbir Ahmed Shah while “highlighting the role played by Pakistan with regard to the freedom movement of Kashmir said that the Kashmiris were extremely grateful and indebted to the Islamic Republic for its unrelenting political, moral and diplomatic support to their struggle for freedom from Indian occupation,” according to a statement.
Shah said that Pakistan was not only the “centre of hopes of Kashmiris but also the fortress of whole Islamic world.”
“I believe that a strong Pakistan can play a crucial role in bringing peace in South Asia,” he added. He expressed the hope that Pakistan would continue its every possible support to the Kashmiris’ resistance movement till they achieved their birthright, the right to self-determination.