SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday termed Pakistan as “centre of hope” of Muslim Ummah saying the country was a “great blessing for Muslims”.
In a statement issued here, Geelani while greeting the Pakistan government, its Army and people on ‘Pakistan Resolution Day’ said the country has a political importance in the Muslim world and is a centre of hope not only for Muslims of subcontinent but for the entire Muslim world.
“On this blessed day of March 23, a resolution was passed for the creation of a separate nation for Muslims some 77 years back and unparalleled sacrifices were offered for the creation of Pakistan. We should thank Almighty Allah for the country,” he said.
Geelani said at a time when we witness the rise of Sangh Parivar in India which is dreaming of making the country a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, the importance and vitality of Pakistan for Muslims has increased manifold.
“There was a time when thinking about the creation of Pakistan was considered impossible and the fanatic communal forces were harshly opposing the move but the leadership’s determination made it successful,” he said.
The Hurriyat chairman added, “The creation of Pakistan changed the discourse of history and this is the only Muslim country in the world which openly supports the right to self-determination of Kashmiris and helps them on political, diplomatic and moral levels. This is the reason that people of Kashmir are extremely thankful to Pakistan and love it and pray for its prosperity.”
Hailing Pakistan for its “unflinching” support for Kashmir cause, Geelani said the country has been established on ideology instead of geography and every Pakistani should realise the duty to safeguard its fundamentals and ideology.
Geelani in his appeal to people of Pakistan asked them to work for the prosperity of the nation and serve and respect minorities. He also stressed for cordial relation between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan saying the best relation between these countries will lead the region to overall stability, peace, development, and progress.