SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Sunday organised a convention here to commemorate the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ which also marked the completion of 24 years of the party chief Syeda Aasiya Andrabi’s incarcerated husband Dr Muhammad Qasim.
The ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ observed annually by Pakistan since 1990, was started by former Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan chief, late Qazi Husain Ahmad. The convention was addressed by various party members.
In a statement issued here, a DeM spokesperson while expressing gratitude to people of Pakistan for their “unflinching support” to Kashmir cause, said, “The day was celebrated at government level since 1990, however, Prof Hafiz Saeed played an active role for the last several years and ensured participation of people at ground level.”
Meanwhile, party’s general secretary Nahida Nasreen on the occasion highlighted the sacrifices of Dr Qasim saying the incarcerated leader is a victim of “political vendetta”. “Dr Qasim has authored nearly two dozen books including Tafsir and has extensively covered various aspects of Kashmir struggle and Takmeel-e-Pakistan. His books give us an idea about how Takmeel-e-Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir and educates the readers about his vision. Dr Qasim is a mufassir and musannif besides a revolutionary in itself.”
She said even the family of Dr Qasim has suffered a lot due to his continuous detention. “There are other person serving life sentences in jails. The joint resistance leadership should mobilise itself and come up with some concrete measures to address this grave issue so that no other youth will have to face such lifers in future,” she said.
DeM member Shaista Shahazad while talking on the theme ‘Aalmi Kufur Ki Sazishein aur Kashmiri Musalman’ said, “America and Israel along with India are busy in sabotaging the Muslim interests, especially in Pakistan. The governments in Muslim countries have succumbed to their dirty tactics and have ruined the interests of Muslims.”
The Dukhtaran chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, who is under continuous house arrest since December 21 last year, addressed the convention over phone.
“She asked the government of Pakistan and its opposition not to succumb to pressures of America and its allies and never quit from the Kashmir movement,” the spokesperson quoted her as saying.
“The government of Pakistan should strengthen the Kashmir Committee under the dynamic leadership and make it more vibrant by sending its members to different countries besides launch a massive movement at the diplomatic level to pressurise India to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Pakistan has a role to play as a party to the dispute and not as an advocate,” she said.
Aasiya, as per spokesperson, said the detentions and incarcerations are not going to deter her from pursuing the cause (of Kashmir) or break her resolve.