LAHORE - The Nation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami talked about problems confronting the country because of occupation of Kashmir by the Indian forces and subsequent building of so many dams on the rivers flowing into Pakistan.
“Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah regarded Kashmir as the jugular vein of Pakistan, depicting our dependence on the rivers flowing into the country. The illegal and unlawful occupation of Kashmir by the Indian forces and the subsequent building of so many dams on the rivers there, has created an absolutely unacceptable situation for us,” Dr Nizami said at the two-day ‘Kashmir Haq-i-Khud-Iradiyat Conference’ Friday.
“PM Nawaz Sharif has highlighted the issue at the United Nations General Assembly rightly, demanding the Kashmiris’ right by holding a plebiscite. The Indian Prime Minister has repeated the clichéd phrase ‘Akhand Bharat’ in response,” he added. Recalling the past memories, Dr Nizami remarked how, as a college student, he had visited Kashmir.
The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust jointly organised the moot at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan. The inaugural sitting was titled ‘The New Dimension of the Kashmir Freedom Movement.
The other speakers included Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production; JI leader Dr Farid Ahmad Piracha, Convener All-Parties Hurriyat Conference (Syed Ali Gillani) Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, President Nazaria-i-Pakistan Forum, Mirpur Azad Jammu and Kashmir. A large number of students and people from different departments of life attend the conference. Shahid Rasheed, Secretary to the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust conducted the programme.
Rana Hussain deplored the fact that the political and military leaderships had failed to liberate Kashmir. He stressed the need for unity amongst all the institutions, be it politicians, military men, academicians, media personages. “The whole nation must be on the same page before sending out its message. It is only then that it will be paid attention to.” He wished that the Kashmiri brethren might gain freedom and join Pakistan.
Dr Farid Ahmad Piracha deplored the insensitivity of the international community towards the atrocities being committed by the Indian army in Kashmir. Muhammad Sadiq Jaral, Former Director Kashmir Centre expressed sorrow over the fact that no political party had motioned Kashmir during their election campaigns.
Ghulam Muhammad Safi remarked that the crying need of the hour was to bring the political leadership on the right track, to keep the Kashmir issue alive.
The final sitting with the title ‘The Issue of Kashmir – Past, Present and Future’ will be held at 10:30am Saturday at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan. Chaudhary Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir and Northern Areas Affairs will participate in this sitting as the guest of honour. The other speakers include Vice Chairman of Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Mian Farooq Altaf; Jsutice (r) Abdul Majeed Malik, President Liberation League Azad Jammu and Kashmir; Syed Yousaf Naseem, convener all parties Huriyyat Conference (Umar Farooq); Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, Khanwada Hazrat Sultan Bahu; Farooq Khan Azad, Ex-Director Kashmir Liberation Cell & Kashmir Action Committee and Syed Naseeb Ullah Gardezi, Ex-presidential Advisor to the Azad Kashmir government.