SRINAGAR: The top leaders of Hurriyat Conference – Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – on Tuesday thanked Pakistan for observing Kashmir Solidarity Day to highlight the “oppression and suppression” against the people of Jammu & Kashmir at the hands of Indian forces.
Geelani in a statement expressed gratitude to Pakistan, its people, the leadership of “Azad Kashmir” and the people across the globe who organised demonstrations, symposiums, seminars and rallies in favour of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for their right to self-determination and highlighted the (Kashmir) dispute and the “gross human rights violations” perpetrated by Indian troops here.
We are highly thankful to Pakistan for its categorical support, and we hope the country will play more effective and active role (on Kashmir) by activating all its embassies and other human resources to highlight Kashmir issue and “human rights violations”, Geelani said.
The pro-freedom leader said it is the responsibility of UN to realise the gravity and severity of the grave and grim situation in Kashmir. He appealed UN rights body to pressurise India to abide by the universal obligations and fulfill long-pending UN resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir to pave way for the permanent peace and prosperity (in the region).
In a statement, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also the Valley’s chief cleric, expressed his gratitude to the people, government and the leadership of Pakistan for their “unconditional and unflinching” support to the political movement of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for the right to self-determination.
In his message, Mirwaiz said the people of Jammu & Kashmir and the All Parties Hurriyat Conference have always appreciated the support of Pakistan at all levels – diplomatic, political and moral – for the past seven decades despite difficult and testing times for the country itself.
“We also appreciate the Government of Pakistan and its leadership who have always extended all possible support to our political movement for the resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he said.
Mirwaiz said Pakistan “being one of the main parties” to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international level in highlighting the “suffering and grave human rights abuse” of Kashmiris as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.