Muzaffarabad: Prominent leader of Kashmir freedom movement and chief of the Jammu Kashmir Peace & Justice organization, Tanveer-ul-Islam, has emphasized the urgent need for global attention and support towards the challenges faced by the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the Kashmir Solidarity Symposium, organized by the Jammu Kashmir Peace & Justice organization in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day, in Muzaffarabad today (Tuesday), Tanveer-ul-Islam expressing profound gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan and peace-loving individuals worldwide for articulating solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. “Observing Kashmir Solidarity Day every year on February 5 is a potent reminder of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the Kashmir cause,” he stated.
While outlining the historical roots of the Kashmir conflict dating back to the partition of British India in 1947 which led to a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, he said, “Decades of tension, wars, and human rights violations have marked the struggle for Kashmir’s freedom, compounded by the unfulfilled promise of a plebiscite mandated by United Nations Security Council resolutions in 1948 and 1949.”
Tanveer termed the Kashmir Solidarity Day as a global platform to unite voices for justice and peace for the Kashmiri people, emphasizing the collective responsibility of the international community to stand against human rights abuses and in favour of the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Tanveer called for a crucial role on the part of the influential Kashmiri community residing in major capitals worldwide to effectively amplify the voices of oppressed Kashmiris on the global stage. He maintained that granting the Kashmiris their inalienable right to decide their political future is essential for achieving lasting peace in South Asia. “A just resolution to the dispute will not only ease tensions between India and Pakistan but will also foster stability and prosperity in the entire region,” he added.
The symposium concluded with heartfelt gratitude from the people of Kashmir to the government and people of Pakistan for their unwavering support and solidarity, serving as a testament to the enduring bond between Pakistan and Kashmir, rooted in shared history, culture, and aspirations for peace.