MUZAFFARABAD: President of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, on Tuesday said that observing Solidarity Day on February 5 with zeal every year was a testimony to Pakistan’s unflinching resolve towards Kashmir cause, Pakistan-based Daily Times reported.
In an interview with APP, Khan, according to the report, thanked the government and people of Pakistan.
He said cultural and religious affinity between the people of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir was a strong bond of unity and affection.
“The Indian government despite use of brutal force and deployment of more than eight hundred thousand armed forces in the Valley could not suppress the freedom movement and Kashmiris’ love for Pakistan. The hoisting of Pakistani flags in public gathering is a testimony to the stance,” he was quoted as saying.
He said since its first observance, by Zulifqar Ali Bhuto (late), the Solidarity Day was being observed every year with unity and complete resolve by every successive government and Pakistani nation.
“It shows people of Pakistan and Kashmir having two bodies but one soul.”
Khan said the address of the prime minister of Pakistan with special joint sitting of Kashmir Council and Legislative Assembly had a great significance for the cause of Kashmir
“Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir and the freedom movement was in fact for the completion of Pakistan as Kashmiri leadership, on July 19, 1947, at the residence of Founder AJK President Sardar Ibrahim Khan in Srinagar, had announced their accession to Pakistan Resolution.”
To a question, the president said he attended 15 meetings of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) during his tenure and observed that the Muslim Ummah was “united and on one page with Pakistan’s stance on the dispute.”
Replying to another query, he said there was complete unity among PaK’s political leadership and “All Parties Hurryet Conference (APHC) was the representative body of the people from all parts of Jammu and Kashmir to negotiate as a party on the issue.”
He reiterated his firm resolve that the people of Pakistan-administered Kashmir will always stand with the people of Kashmir in their struggle and “the blood of the martyrs will blossom one day in the shape of liberation of the territory”.
The AJK president also appealed to the international community to take notice of human rights violations by the forces in Kashmir.