SRINAGAR: Several resistance parties on Monday expressed gratitude to the Government of Pakistan, its army and people for their political, moral and unflinching support to the people of Jammu Kashmir in their “just struggle” to achieve their “inalienable” right to self-determination.
Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani while felicitating Pakistan for its active role vis-a-vis Kashmir movement also paid glorious tributes to ex-Jamaat-e-Islami chief late Qazi Hussain Ahmad for his “supreme services for the Kashmir cause”.
Geelani in a statement said Qazi Hussain was instrumental in starting this Day in 1990 in solidarity with the people of Kashmir and their freedom movement.
He said people in Jammu and Kashmir are challenging a big power and Pakistan is the only country that acknowledges our right to self-determination and extends its persistent support.
“We are highly thankful to Pakistan for its categorical support and we hope the country will play more effective and active role in this regard,” Geelani said. “Pakistan should activate all its embassies and we hope it would allocate the task to highlight Kashmir issue and human rights violations in an operative method.”
“Pakistan is prime party to the (Kashmir) issue and no lasting solution is possible without its active involvement,” Geelani added.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) in a statement said its activists raised flags and banners and marched at several places on Monday.
DeM chief Syeda Aasiya Andrabi urged the people of Pakistan in general and those at the helm of affairs to “move beyond merely observing solidarity day and take concrete and practical steps for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute”.
“We want to tell Pakistan that for the last 71 years, Jammu and Kashmir is under occupation and for last three decades you have been observing solidarity days, but Kashmir will not get freedom from only celebrating this day,” she said.
“For that, some vibrant practical decisions have to be made to force India to accept Kashmir as a disputed territory which will in turn pave way for the implementation of United Nations Resolutions, by the means of which the people of Kashmir will be able to decide their future.”
“We, Alhamduulillah, are satisfied with the kind of support Pakistan has put behind Kashmiris. Solidarity day is a good gesture and we are satisfied.”
DeM chief suggested the government of Pakistan to make the Kashmir Committee active and handover its reigns to a man who is well aware of the developments in Kashmir and knows the Kashmir issue in its historical context.
She said the incumbent head of the committee Moulana Fazlur Rehman is not capable and has not been able to do justice with the cause.
“The charge of Kashmir Committee should be handed over to the incumbent President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan who is an able person and understands the Kashmir dispute well,” she suggested.
“The need of the hour is to counter the Indian concocted stand on Kashmir at the international forums,” Aasiya said. “Pakistan should also form an International Diplomatic Front comprising of former diplomats, genuine Kashmiris living in different parts of the world and people of Pakistan who know the Kashmir dispute, to counter the Indian narrative and also strengthen the voice for Kashmir across the globe.”
Thanking Pakistan for observing Kashmir Solidarity Day and reiterating its full support to “oppressed” Kashmiris, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) said Pakistan is the only country which supports Kashmiri people unconditionally.
In a statement, DFP said that party’s incarcerated chief Shabir Ahmad Shah has always appreciated the support of Pakistan towards the freedom struggle of Kashmiris at diplomatic, political and moral fronts.
“For the past seven decades, despite difficult and testing times for the country itself, Pakistan is continuously trying its best to advocate the case of oppressed Kashmiris on international forums,” party said and thanked the Government of Pakistan and its people “who have always extended all possible support to the political movement of Jammu Kashmir and for the resolution of Kashmir dispute”.
“Not only political rights but the religious rights of the people of Kashmir are being curtailed by the use of naked force by Indian forces and their collaborators for the last seven decades. In such a situation, Pakistan is the only worldly support for Kashmiri people which raises the human rights issues at relevant quarters and tries to convince the international community to address the Kashmir dispute which has become a nuclear flashpoint and has endangered the peace and stability of the South Asian region.”
Jammu Kashmir National Front also thanked Pakistan for observing Kashmir Solidarity Day and “once again highlighting the plight of the people of Jammu Kashmir before the international community”.
In a statement, the National Front said, “Kashmiri people are going through toughest period as they are being killed and maimed on daily basis while as their political leadership including Nayeem Ahmad Khan has been placed behind bars.”
“In such a situation Pakistan is raising its voice and highlighting the Kashmir issue. The country has been a great support to the people of Kashmir ever since 1947 when the miseries of Kashmiri people started,” NF said.