SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani and conglomerate’s general secretary Shabir Ahmad Shah on Saturday expressed gratitude to government of Pakistan, its people, and army for their “unflinching support” to the people of Jammu Kashmir “who are carrying on just struggle” to achieve their “inalienable” right to self-determination.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said people of Jammu Kashmir are challenging a big power and Pakistan is the only country that acknowledges their right to self-determination and extends its continuous support.
“We are highly thankful to Pakistan for its categorical support and hope the country plays more effective role in this regard by activating all its embassies and allocating them the task of highlighting Kashmir issue and human rights violations,” he said.
Geelani said Kashmir is an internationally accepted issue and that Pakistan should exhibit persistence and endurance and desist from its apologetic approach. The Hurriyat (G) chairman also paid tributes to former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Qazi Hussain Ahmad for his “supreme services for the Kashmir cause”. “Even though all political and religious parties hold seminars, conferences, and demonstrations to highlight Kashmir issue but credit goes to late Qazi Hussain for the initiative. He was instrumental in starting this day in 1990 in solidarity with the people of Kashmir and their freedom movement,” he said.
Geelani urged the people of Pakistan to organise demonstrations and highlight Kashmir dispute and “gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in the occupied territory”.
Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on February 5, by Pakistan, “Azad Kashmir”, Pakistani and Kashmiri people across the world is “encouraging and praiseworthy”.
In a statement issued here, Shah said, “Observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ by the Government of Pakistan, its people, media and literary fraternity, political, social, religious bodies and the Pakistani and Kashmiri people living across the world is encouraging. We express immense gratitude to them for exhibiting solidarity with their oppressed Kashmiri brethren.”
He said Pakistan’s contribution and support to Kashmiris’ movement is “exemplary”. “We are extremely thankful to every section of Pakistan particularly Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif for their unflinching support. Observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ makes the Kashmir issue echo at international forums,” he said.