Muslim Institute organized ‘Solidarity Walk’ on Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday from China Chowk to Islamabad Press Club. A large number of people from different walks of life including members of civil society, political and social sector, students, lawyers and journalists participated.
The participants of rally carried placards and banners displaying slogans about the condemnation of state terrorism by India, Kashmiris’ right of self-determination, appreciation for their freedom struggle, expressing solidarity with them, forces and urging the international community to play its due role and fulfil its pledges made with Kashmiri people.
Speakers urged the world forums, governments and rights bodies to play their role in stopping atrocities in the Indian-administered Kashmir. Amongst distinguished speakers were Ahmed Quraishi Executive Director, YFK-International Kashmir Lobby Group, Faiz Naqashbandi, Convener APHC, Maj Gen Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery (Retd), President Center for Global & Strategic Studies, Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, Chairman Muslim Institute, Prof Dr Muhammad Khan, Former HOD, International Relations, National Defence University, Brig Asif Haroon Raja (Retd), Defence Analyst, Ms Farzana Yaqoob, Former Minister, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Mr Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Former Convenor APHC, Dr Nasrullah Mirza, Dept of Defence & Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum, President, Institute of Peace and Development, Ms Shameem Shaal, Women Rights Activist and Abdul Hamid Lone, Human Rights Activist.
The speakers said that the Indians would have to end their illegal occupation of Kashmir and Junagadh state. India is not a country but a region. Like Europe, every nation living here has the right to a separate homeland. Movements like Khalistan have exposed the black face of India in the disguise of so-call world’s largest democracy.