Govt unveils Independence Day logo in solidarity with Kashmiris
AJK President urges EU to help resolve Kashmir issue
The government on Saturday revealed a special logo for the Independence Day to be observed on 14th of August. The logo has been created to express solidarity with the people of Occupied Kashmir after BJP-led Indian government ended special status of the valley with abrogation of Article 370.
The logo launched today is based on “Kashmir banega Pakistan” theme. Word Kashmir, written in red colour, represents sacrifices rendered during the freedom struggle. Pakistan’s flag represents Pakistanis’ resolve to go to any extent for Occupied Kashmir’s freedom while the red border around the logo highlights India’s illegal occupation and atrocities it is committing in the valley.
The government of Pakistan has decided to observe Independence Day on August 14 as Kashmir Solidarity Day and August 15 as Black Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris in their recent plight caused by the Indian government. The national flag would be flown half-mast throughout the country on Thursday August 15, said a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior on Friday.
The last Friendship bus left New Delhi early Saturday carrying just two passengers for the trip to the Pakistani city of Lahore. The last Thar Express train also left the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur early Saturday but had to wait more than 12 hours to get clearance to cross the border, officials said.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Saturday said that India turned occupied Kashmir into a military garrison. Talking to a two-member delegation of European parliament in Islamabad, Farooq Haider urged the international community to take immediate notice of the deteriorating human rights situation in the held valley.
He said that internet, newspapers and even the landline telephones had been shut down disconnecting Kashmiri people to the outside world. The prime minister apprise the EU parliament members that Kashmiris were confined in their homes from last five days.
Terming it as worst kind of state terrorism, Farooq Haider said that Indian actions could cause a grave human tragedy in the state.
He said such acts could not deter Kashmiris from pursuing their collective cause for which they have rendered unprecedented sacrifices during the past several decades. The prime minister said there was complete unanimity and consensus among the political leadership in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on the Kashmir cause.
The AJK prime minister urged EU parliament members to play their effective role for the right to self-determination of Kashmiris. Speaking on the occasion, both members of the EU Parliament assured AJK Prime Minister of their all-out support for the Kashmir cause.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan Saturday called upon the European countries, particularly Norway, to use their influence on India to resolve the Kashmir conflict in accordance with the UN resolutions, cease human rights trampling in occupied Kashmir, and to reverse change of disputed status of Jammu And Kashmir State.
During a meeting with Norwegian foreign ministry officials in Oslo, he said after India had recently altered the disputed status of the occupied Kashmir and made it part of the Indian Union, the situation had further aggravated in the held state, according to a press release issued here by the AJK Presidential Secretariat.
Meanwhile, more than 45 members of parliament and peers from United Kingdom have called on U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to intervene and prevent India’s unconstitutional attack on Kashmir s autonomy. These MPs and peers have co-signed a letter, written by MP Warrington South, Faisal Rashid expressing deep concern that Indian government has revoked Article 370 of the constitution, stripping Kashmir of its autonomous status.
The letter termed the unilateral Indian decision a direct attack on the political status of Kashmir and its right to self-governance. The MPs called on UN Secretary-General to urgently bring this matter to the attention of Security Council as a serious threat to international peace and security.
A separate letter, written by members of European Parliament to High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, expressed concerns on the recent developments in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.