Islamabad, September 15 (KMS): A one-day National Conference on Junagadh adopted a resolution reaffirming respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Junagadh State.
The participants of the conference organized by MUSLIM Institute also reiterated the commitment to continue the peaceful struggle for independence of Junagadh and said that they will never step back from legal claim on Junagadh State. The participants recalled the fourteen points of previously adopted Junagadh Resolution’ dated August 14, 2021 and the policy statements of Nawab of Junagadh.
- Urged the government of Pakistan to amend Presidential Ordinance No. 15 of 1972 which is directly in conflict with Article 9 of Instrument of Accession of Junagadh which was signed by Sovereign Ruler of Junagadh State Nawab Mahabat Khanji and a person no less than the founding father of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah;
- Suggested the government to commemorate every year the day of 15 September as ‘Accession Day of Junagadh’ and the day of November 9 as ‘Black Day of Junagadh’ by hosting National and International conferences on the subject of Junagadh and Honourable President, Honourable Prime Minister and Honourable Foreign Minister of Pakistan may issue policy statements on the aforesaid subject;
- Drew the attention of the Government of Pakistan to call a joint session of Parliament and Senate to;
(a) proclaim Pakistan’s territorial claim over Junagadh State;
(b) adopt joint solidarity resolution about Junagadh State;
- Requested the Government of Pakistan to establish Junagadh secretariat, like Kashmir Secretariat, which would be helpful to serve the cause by highlighting the issue on a broad spectrum;
- Further requested the Government of Pakistan to establish Junagadh House in the Federal Capital to assert its territorial claim on the State of Junagadh;
- Suggested to form a Ministerial Committee having members from Ministry of Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Division etc., to develop national narrative and strategy on the cause of Junagadh;
- Urged Foreign Office of Pakistan to take up this issue and continue to advocate legality of the cause through periodic official statements. For the same purpose, the Foreign Office should also establish a desk on Junagadh dedicated to the legal claim;
- Urged for publishing National Gazette of Junagadh State;
- Requested the Government of Pakistan that sustainable and long-term national policy on Junagadh should be formulated. Moreover, during state level visits Junagadh cause should be raised to lobbying international support for the cause;
- Emphasized that topics regarding Junagadh state and issue should be added in the national curriculum;
- Recommended Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to establish Junagadh Chair in country’s top five universities;
- Further recommended that print and electronic media houses should give due coverage to the cause of Junagadh;
- Congratulated the Pakistan Post on issuing postal stamps regarding the new political map and further demand that Pakistan Post should issue a special stamp bearing the picture of national hero Nawab Mahabat Khanji in recognition of his and Junagadh communities’ services for the Pakistan Movement;
- Urged all political parties of Pakistan to make settlement of Junagadh issue a permanent part of their political manifestos;
Earlier, addressing the conference, the speakers asserted that Junagadh is an integral part of Pakistan lawfully as there is a genuine Instrument of Accession duly signed by the then Nawab of Junagadh, Nawab Mahabat Khan, and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on September 15, 1947. They said India illegally occupied the Junagarh state through an act of brazen aggression in November 1947. The speakers said releasing of a new political map, although played an integral role in projection of this issue and seeking support for this cause, will not merely be enough for its resolution but the whole nation has to respond to this challenge not only the government. “Pakistan needs to persistently pursue its claim on Junagadh at all international forums for which a more cohesive and persistent policy is required,” they said.
In his presidential remarks, Nawab of Junagadh State, Nawab Muhammad Jahangir Khanji, thanked the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and his government for reiterating their stance through sharing Junagadh as part of Pakistan through the political map. He said it is heartening to know that Pakistan has not forgotten the Junagadh state and the way its media, scholars and the state are reinvigorating their struggle for meaningful resolution of Junagadh issue clearly proved, “Junagadh is Pakistan.”