Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day

Pakistan has been observing Kashmir Solidarity Day for the last more than 23 years.

Pakistan observed Kashmir Solidarity day today and pledged to continue its ‘support to Kashmiris indigenous struggle for right to self-determination.’

Public rallies, seminars and symposia were arranged by various political and religious parties across the country to express their allegiance with Kashmiri people besides sensitizing the international community about the early resolution of Kashmir conflict, the biggest impediment in restoring friendly relations between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan has been observing Kashmir Solidarity Day for the last more than 23 years.

Jamat Islami Pakistan organized a public rally in Islamabad which was addressed by Mian Aslam, former Member of National Assembly and secretary general of JI, Moulana Ghulam Nabi Nowsheri, Noor-ul Bari and attended by men, women and school going children.

 Speakers on the occasion, while expressing solidarity with Kashmiri people, said that international community must shun its policy of indifference towards Kashmir issue and redouble its efforts to settle long pending dispute in line with Kashmiris’ aspirations.

The JI leaders said that Pakistan will never abandon its support to Kashmir cause.

“India’s intransigence was a major hurdle in the way of peace in the region,” the leaders said, adding, “We condemn the human rights violations in Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, Riphah Institute of Media Sciences (RIPHAH International University) organized a seminar titled “Media and Kashmir dispute: Challenges and way forward” which was addressed by Dr Muhammad Khan of National Defence University; Dr Naveed Iqbal of AIR University; Dr Zafar Iqbal, HoD Mass Communication Alama Iqbal University; Muzamil Thakur; Rehan Hassan; Waleed Rasool; Awais Bin Wasi and others.

The speakers on the occasion stressed upon the need to ‘develop a unified narrative on Kashmir issue’, saying media can play vital role in this regard.

For a peaceful settlement, the panellists opined that ‘bilateralism had miserably failed to settle the Kashmir issue and there is a need to have tri-partite talks to find out an amicable and lasting solution to the Kashmir tangle.’

Dr Muhammad Khan highlighted that media should positively strengthen the relationship between Kashmiris and Pakistanis, adding that Kashmir has to be the primary focus of Pakistani media.

Dr Naveed Iqbal said, “This issue could not be settled bilaterally, therefore, regional organizations must also intervene for resolution of the issue.”

Dr Zafar Iqbal noted that “Indian cultural onslaught needs to be countered methodically and consistently by Pakistani Media, state-owned and private, both.”

Muzamil Thakur observed that narrative in Pakistan should change for the good. “Kashmir issue is not a bilateral issue between the two countries. Basically, it is a question of fundamental rights and of morality. We must voice for hundreds of thousands of orphans, young widows and innocent civilians facing brutalities,” he said.

Speakers maintained that Pakistani media should take the responsibility to project Kashmir issue at regional and international levels. 

“During the recent years, world witnessed peaceful resolution of most intractable political disputes including East Timor and South Sudan. A referendum was held in Scotland very recently where people expressed their will in a free and fair atmosphere but it was very unfortunate that the question of Kashmir stands unresolved despite sensitivities associated with it,” they said. 

Expressing complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir, they added that “right to self-determination is Kashmiris’ inalienable right” and demanded the international community to play its much needed role to settle the long running dispute to ensure durable peace in the region.