Voices for Kashmir solidarity echo across the globe
Solidarity message -‘Kashmir is the beating heart of Pakistan’, Munir Akram
As Pakistan observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday, its embassies and missions across the globe also raised the voices of Kashmiri people in their respective destinations to denounce Indian oppression and seek implementation of the UNSC resolutions on the dispute.
The seminars, webinars, protest demonstrations, photo exhibitions, painting contests, video messages, screening of documentaries and special prayers marked the events held by the Pakistan’s missions abroad.
The ceremonies were attended by the diaspora, local parliamentarians, human rights activists and staffers of the embassies and high commissioners.
The envoys read out the special messages of Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Dr Arif Alvi and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi issued on the occasion to reiterate Pakistan’s support to the Kashmiri brethren.
The national anthems Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir were played on the occasion.
At an event held by Pakistan’s embassy in Turkey, Parliamentarian Muhammet Balta said “Like Pakistan, Kashmir and Kashmiris have the same place in the heart and mind of every Turk.
He underscored that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlights the Kashmir issue at every international platform and this is the same for the entire Turkish nation.
Muhmmet Balta criticized the 5th August 2019 illegal measures by India to try and change the special status of Jammu & Kashmir which is a disputed territory as recognized by the United Nations.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi the commemoration of 5th February as Kashmir Solidarity Day is a stark reminder of the broken promises and unfulfilled commitments made to the Kashmiri people by India for holding a plebiscite, when it had taken the matter first time to the UN in January 1948 and accepted its prescription.
Affirming Pakistan’s “unwavering” support to Kashmiris in their struggle for freedom from India, Ambassador Munir Akram says that a people determined to free themselves of foreign occupation are destined to succeed.
“The day is not far when the people of Kashmir will be able to free themselves from the yoke of Indian occupation,” the Pakistani envoy said in a message to the UN community on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, while highlighting that the Kashmir issue has been re-internationalized.
“Kashmir is the beating heart of Pakistan. The ‘K’ in Pakistan stands for Kashmir. The ideal of Pakistan is incomplete without it,” he said.
“The people of Pakistan have always stood resolutely with their Kashmir brethren against Indian oppression and aggression.”
The Permanent Mission of Pakistan in New York remains the voice of the Kashmiris at the UN and other international fora, Ambassador Akram said.
“We are utilizing every opportunity to fight their legal, moral and political case, and to expose the true face of India’s cruel and naked occupation.”
He said the BJP-RSS regime would not succeed in its “sinister designs” to physically, politically and psychologically crush the legitimate and indigenous freedom struggle; and impose the status quo as a fait accompli on Pakistan.
“Inevitably,” the Pakistani envoy said, “India will fail to oppress the Kashmiri people.”
“The Kashmir issue is once again re-internationalized,” he said, adding that the UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General, UN General Assembly president, High Commissioner for Human Rights and other high-ranking UN human rights experts and Special Rapporteurs had on numerous occasions expressed grave concerns over India’s massive atrocities and crimes in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.