Various resistance leaders and organizations have hailed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his sppech at the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, saying that "he boosted the morale of people of Kashmir by highlighting their plight and supporting their right to self-determination."
Courageously highlighted Kashmir issue: Geelani
Lauding the speech, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said "he (Sharif) courageously highlighted the Kashmir issue and proved himself to be a friend and well-wisher of Kashmir."
"Although UN has not lived up to the expectations of the oppressed and suppressed nation, for which this forum came into existence, but reminding UN and its member countries of this long standing and almost forgotten issue of Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif has once again reiterated Pakistan's stand that unless the core issue of Kashmir is resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir, dance of death and destruction will have no end," Geelani, said in a statement.
Geelani seconded the demand of Pakistani premier that Jammu and Kashmir state be demilitarized saying "this is the region where presence of more than one million armed forces it the highly militarized zone in the world, leading to war crimes on a large scale."
"List of crimes committed by the Indian forces is very long and it is lengthening with each passing day. Killings, rapes, molestations, ransacking of buildings, arrests, humiliations and harassments are the common and much used tools of world's largest democracy by which they try to muzzle our just voice," Geelani said.
Commenting on the China's support, the Hurriyat (G) Chairman said, "It is very encouraging and timely and we hope both will cooperate with each other and will practically work to end the miseries of the inhabitants of this unfortunate region."
Hailing the decision of Turkey to send a fact finding mission to Kashmir, Geelani said "Turkey is always taking bold steps whenever needed anywhere by the Muslim Ummah."
Highlighted plight of Kashmiris: Yasin Malik
Welcoming the Sharif's speech, the incarcerated chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin said, "Pakistan is making all efforts to highlight the plight of suppressed Kashmiris. I hope that UN will implement the suggestions by Nawaz Sharif and play its role in resolving the longstanding dispute."
Malik, according JKLF statement, appealed the UN to take strong note of "killings and excesses by forces in Kashmir and impress upon India to end suppression on Kashmiris and forcible control of Kashmir."
"I hope that in future also Pakistan will continue to support the just cause of Kashmiris," Malik said.
Pleaded just cause of Kashmiris: Hurriyat (M)
Hailing the speech of Nawaz Sharif at UNGA, the Hurriyat Conference (M) expressed gratitude to Pakistan and its government for "once again pleading the just political cause of the people of J&K before the world body."
The Hurriyat stressed upon the world body to fulfil its commitments made to the people of J&K through its Security Council resolutions, pending implementation for the past 70 years.
"The suggestions put forth by PM Sharif before the international body for resolving the Kashmir dispute have been the demands of the conglomerate also for long time as they pave the way for a lasting solution and permanent peace in the region," a spokesman of the Hurriyat, said in a statement.
" Nawaz Sharif very emphatically highlighted the ongoing unrelenting and unprecedented oppression and violence being perpetuated upon the people of Kashmir by the Indian state and presented a detailed dossier of the grave human rights violations being committed across the state to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon."
"The silence of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his address over the ongoing killings and human rights violations in Kashmir was unfortunate, despite the UN being the biggest world body and having passed 18 resolutions in its Security Council, which it is duty bound and morally responsible to implement," the spokesman said.
Presented Pakistan's stance on Kashmir: UJC
The United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salah-ud-Din also hailed Nawaz Sharif for effectively presenting Pakistan's stance on Kashmir issue at UNGA.
Addressing a meeting, Salah-ud-Din said the speech delivered by Nawaz Sharif amply indicated that Pakistan has a clear stance that without the resolution of Kashmir issue sustainable peace was not possible in the region.
"The way Pakistan Prime Minister effectively raised the Kashmir issue and talked about right to self-determination of the Kashmiris boosted the morale of people of Kashmir and after a long time they felt Pakistan is not only the party to Kashmir dispute but their advocate and well-wisher as well," said UJC spokesman, in a statement today, quoting Salahuddin
"The speech of Prime Minister was all encompassing and he effectively raised the Kashmir issue and presented solid proposals for promoting global and regional peace and also exposed the brutalities inflicted by India upon people of Kashmir," Salahuddin said.
He lauded the role of Turkey and China for backing Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
Salah-ud-Din expressed anguish over the silence maintained by UN chief over Kashmir issue, saying that "people in Kashmir have lost faith in United Nations."
Internationalized Kashmir issue: Aasiya Andrabi
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister of Pakistan for his "bold and realistic" speech on Kashmir at the UNGA session, the Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi , in a statement today, said, "we regard Pakistan's efforts to internationalize the ongoing Kashmiri resistance movement as a success."
"Now it is an obligation for the people and pro-resistance leadership to sustain the ongoing movement until India is forced to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination," Aasiya said. "The speech by Nawaz Sharif at the UNGA is a big step towards the success of our ongoing resistance movement. Despite, India's false propaganda and difficulties within the country, Pakistan showed to the world that how much they are concerned about Kashmiris.".
"In an 18 minute speech, the Pak PM dedicated almost nine minutes to Kashmir which is something extraordinary. It is a clear message to the oppressed Kashmiris that no matter what, a nuclear armed state will always back their just and pious struggle. It is also a clear message for us that there is someone who will always plead our case wherever needed," Aasiya said.
"Now it becomes imperative for the people and the leadership of Kashmir to remain steadfast in their resolve. We must resolve that this movement shouldn't meet the same fate as what happened in 2008 and 2010," she said.
"People should not to pay heed to the falsehood and lies spread by jingoist Indian media," she said.
Historic address: Nayeem Khan
Senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and Jammu Kashmir National Front (NF) chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan hailed the Nawaz Sharif's "historical address" in UNGA.
"Political disputes like Kashmir could be resolved by political statesmanship and concrete political measures. Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved by New Delhi's jingoism, unethical attitude and use of brute force against the freedom loving Kashmiri people," Nayeem Khan, said in a statement.
"New Delhi must read writing on the wall that Kashmiri people want an end to its rule over Jammu Kashmir so that they can decide their political future through a free and fair right to self determination under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)," he said.
"Killing people, maiming them and arresting even elderly cannot serve any purpose. If India is serious in the long lasting peace and stability in the south Asian region it has to accept the disputed nature of Jammu Kashmir sooner the better," he added.
Supported struggle of Kashmiris: HCBA
Jammu Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) in a statement said, "we appreciate the statement of the Pakistan Prime Minister, who has fully supported the demand of Kashmiri people for right of self-determination as promised to them by several Security Council Resolutions and also the offer made by him to India for entering into a serious and sustaining dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir dispute."
"We also appreciate the stand taken by him that the struggle of the Kashmiri people for the right of self-determination is a legitimate one for liberation from an align of control who has forcibly taken control of their territory since 1947 and by now have waited for 70 years for the implementation of the promises made to them by the Security Council from time to time," he said.
"The Bar Association also appreciates and thanks the Chinese Premier, Li Kequaing, for supporting the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir and for expressing concern regarding Indian atrocities in Kashmir and for offering to play a constructive role in improvement of relations between India and Pakistan," the HCBA spokesperson said.
Reflected sentiments of Kashmiris: Mehmood Saghar
Expressing profound gratitude to Nawaz Sharif for highlighting plight of Kashmiris during his speech at UNGA session, the vice president of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar said that "Sharif's speech was a true reflection of the sentiments of Kashmiri people."
"Pakistan Prime Minister's categorical and courageous stance on the issue of Kashmir on one hand generated a new wave of optimism in Kashmir while on the other it was a clear message to the world community and India in particular that the long running issue can no longer be ignored or swept under the carpet", a spokesman of the DFP, in a statement today, quoting Saghar.
"In view of the stark ground realities and present peoples mass uprising in Kashmir the international community should wake up and act in response to Kashmiris' clarion call for holding a referendum to let the people of the disputed territory decide their political future on the basis of universally accepted principle of right to self-determination," Saghar said.
Referring to escalating tensions in the region, Saghar said, "Genuine efforts are needed to resolve Kashmir dispute that happens to be the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Sharif has rightly pointed out that there would be no peace in the region until Kashmir issue is resolved in line with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people."
Saghar thanked the Prime Minister of China, Turkish President Recep Tayib Erdogan and other world leaders who highlighted the plight of Kashmiris and stressed for an amicable and early settlement of Kashmir dispute.
Highlighted oppression on Kashmiris: Aga Syed
Terming as courageous interpretation of truth and reality the speech of Nawaz Sharif , the president J&K Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi said, " "The speech does not only reflect desires, feelings and oppression on Kashmiri people but also expressed the desire of lasting peace and stability in the region."
"Pakistan Prime Minister drew the attention of the world community towards the severe situation in Kashmir and exposed the repressive face of India that claims of being a biggest democracy in the world," Aga Syed, said in a statement today.
Will change political landscape of subcontinent: HCJK
Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) leaders Shabir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Gulam Nabi War, while hailing the Nawaz Sharif's speech, said "it would prove game changer in the geographical and political landscape of subcontinent."
Voice of voiceless people: Bilal Sidiquee
Incarcerated chairman of Tehreek-e-Mazahmat Bilal Sidiqee on the speech saying "The people of Jammu and Kashmir feel that their voice is being raised on international forums. It is really a voice of voiceless people."
"We are indebted to the people of Pakistan and their leaders .We Urge international community to take cognizance of human rights violations in state. The continuous bloodshed can no more be overlooked as innocent and unarmed people are being massacred by Indian forces," Sidiquee said.
Sidiqee hailed the stance adopted by China and said that "We are highly thankful for their rightful position and backing people of Jammu and Kashmir."
Welcome speech: IPP, DPM
Welcoming the speech, the chairman of Islamic Political Party Muhammad Yousuf Naqash today said, "time has come for world leadership to resolve this vexed dispute once for all."
"Whole conflict, confrontation, and instability in South Asia particularly the ever-increasing rivalry between two nuclear neighbouring nations – India and Pakistan – is the unresolved Kashmir dispute which if resolved will bring peace in the entire region. Otherwise,the threat of war will continue to loom over the South Asia in general and subcontinent in particular," Naqash said in a statement.
Appreciating the stand taken by Pakistan government in UNGA over Kashmir issue, the chairman Democratic Political Movement Firdous Shah thanked the government of Pakistan especially Nawaz Sharif for raising Kashmir issue
"We are hopeful that Pakistan will not leave people of Kashmir on midway and will support our freedom struggle till its logical conclusion," Shah said.