Srinagar, The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have thanked Pakistan for observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on Tuesday.In a statement Chairman Hurriyat Conference (g) Syed Ali Geelani thanked Pakistan for observing ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ to highlight the “oppression and suppression” against the people of Jammu and Kashmir at the hands of Indian forces.
Geelani, according to the statement, expressed gratitude to Pakistan, its people, the leadership of Pakistan Administered Kashmir and the people across the globe, who organize demonstrations, symposiums, seminars and rallies in favour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their right to self-determination and highlight the dispute and the “gross human rights violations” being perpetrated by Indian troops in Kashmir.
Hurriyat (g) chairman in his message said: “We are highly thankful to Pakistan for their categorical support, and we hope Pakistan will play a more effective and active role in this regard. They should activate all its embassies and other human resources to highlight Kashmir issue and human rights violations in an operative method.”
Geelani in a statement said that although Indian “atrocities and barbarism” have crossed all the limits and are continuing unabated for the last seven decades; it is the responsibility of the UN to realize the gravity and severity of this grave and grim situation.
This world body has testified our stand that Indian armed forces under the “undemocratic and unethical shield of legal impunity continue the genocide of Kashmiris, with bullets, pellets, torture, rape and humiliation”, he said.
Geelani appealed UN rights body to take serious note of “this brazen denial of facts” and pressurize India to abide by the universal obligations and fulfill long-pending UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir to pave way for permanent peace and prosperity.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (m) on the occasion expressed his gratitude to the people, government and the leadership of Pakistan for their “unconditional and unflinching support” to the political movement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the right to self-determination.
In his message, Mirwaiz said the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Hurriyat leadership have always appreciated the support of Pakistan, at all levels, be it diplomatic, political or moral for the past seven decades, despite difficult and testing times for the country itself.
“We also appreciate the Government of Pakistan and its leadership who has always extended all possible support to our political movement for the resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he said.
Mirwaiz said Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international level in highlighting the suffering and “grave human rights abuse” in Kashmir as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.
In a video message posted by Mushaal Hussian Malik on Twitter handle, JKLF chief Muhammad Yaseen Malik said that “Currently the same international community which once said that there could only be a military solution in Afghanistan is talking to the Taliban for peace there, because it has understood that no nation can be defeated using military might and that the solution to all problems lies in talks.”
The JKLF chairman observed that the international community “has adopted a stance of criminal silence on Kashmir”, even as infants, elders, and youths lose their lives and property to the cause each day.
“The citizens of Kashmir are people too,” Malik asserted, adding that is why the international community which seeks global peace and is making efforts for peace in Afghanistan should make similar efforts for resolving the Kashmir issue “so that there is true peace in South Asia”.
Pakistan observes “Kashmir Solidarity Day” every year on February 5 to express its solidarity with the people of Kashmir.