Punjab Arts Council on Saturday organized a condolence reference in memory of Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani with the aim of paying homage to his lifelong struggle for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
While addressing the condolence reference, Director PUCAR Waqar Ahmad said that the government and people of Pakistan have expressed deep sorrow over the demise of Kashmiri resistance leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani who was detained for a long time in illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The nation pays tribute to his lifelong struggle for justice and freedom.
He said that despite constant persecution and great personal difficulties, Syed Ali Shah Gilani’s unwavering commitment to the Kashmir cause was unparalleled.
Chairman, Anjuman-e-Alami Tehreek-e-Panjtan-e-Pak, Pir Azmatullah Sultan who chaired the condolence reference, in his presidential address said that Syed Ali Shah Gilani was a straightforward, truthful and steadfast man who never compromised on principles. Syed Ali Shah Gilani will be remembered for his unconditional love for Kashmir and Pakistan.
Pir Malik Ashraf Awan said that Syed Ali Shah Gilani had inspired three generations of Kashmiris to resist illegal Indian occupation and unjustified oppression.
He was a true voice and hero of the struggle for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, who never lost his ideological footing even for a moment.
Sheikh Waheed, Member Kashmir Legislative Assembly Javed Butt, Qari Farooq Ahmed, Sheikh Matin Ahmed, Iram Gul, Fatima Awan, Naeem Akram Qureshi and others addressed the condolence reference and shed light on the life and struggle of Syed Ali Gilani.