Salahuddin urges Pakistan to do more for Kashmiris

Salahuddin urges Pakistan to do more for Kashmiris

Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin on Wednesday warned against a call to trample the Line of Control (LoC) if the United Nations and the international community failed to take stock of atrocities in Kashmir besides playing their due role to resolve the festering Kashmir issue.

Speaking at a rally, he pointed out that after the killing of commander Burhan Wani the resistance movement in Kashmir had entered a decisive phase, as the entire disputed region was up in arms against “unrelenting Indian repression.”

“In the wake of this situation, the government of Pakistan should convene the joint session of its Parliament and pass a unanimous resolution to condemn Indian repression on the one hand and renew its just stand on Kashmir issue on the other,” he demanded.

The guerrilla leader also exhorted the Pakistani government to activate its foreign missions to effectively highlight the “savagery unleashed by Indian government on the freedom seeking Kashmiris.”

He said Indian troops had killed 32 persons and injured as many as 1500 others in the aftermath of Burhan Wani’s killing, but had failed to break the morale of Kashmiris.

“India has clamped curfew in the whole valley, but nevertheless hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris have poured on to the streets in what is yet another referendum against India’s subjugation,” he said.

“It is now responsibility of the international community to pay heed to the peaceful voice of Kashmiris in order to save this region from an impending disaster,” he added.

He said the ‘now are never’ like situation in the “held territory” warranted a vigorous role on the part of the government, leadership and civil society of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Salahuddin said since Pakistan was a party to Kashmir dispute and AJK people were also Kashmiris, they should take some “practical steps” instead of issuing mere statements.

He also called upon the mainstream print and electronic media in Pakistan to give maximum airtime and space to the struggle and sacrifices of Kashmiri people who he said were fighting a war to accomplish Pakistan.

Paying tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931, Salahuddin said the ongoing struggle was the continuation of their sacrifice.

Others who spoke at the rally included Hizbul Mujahideen commanders Amir Khan, Taj Ali Shah, Shamsheer Khan, PML-N MLA Barrister Iftikhar Ali Gillani, PTI leader Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, JI leader Qazi Shahid Hameed.

Earlier, the Hizbul Mujahideen activists staged a rally from their office in Baila Noor Shah to the K H Khurshid mini stadium, amid vociferous pro-jihad and anti-India slogans.

Meanwhile, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has declared a public holiday on Friday to observe ‘black day’ against the fresh spate of atrocities in Kashmir.