LAHORE: Thousands of people from the Punjab capital and surrounding areas joined the Azadi Kashmir March of the Jamaat-e-Islami, from Nasir Bagh to Wagha to express their solidarity with the valiant Kashmiris struggling for their right of self determination.
While addressing the spirited crowd at the terminating point, the Ameer JIP, Senator Sirajul Haq said that the liberation of Kashmir was not an economic, regional or ethnic issue, it was an ideological war and the Pakistanis would fight till the last drop of their blood.
He said that India had thrust three wars on Pakistan and had been carrying out the genocide of the Kashmiris for the last seventy years but the international forums were blind to that.
Jamaat al Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed joined the Azadi march at its starting point. JI Punjab chief Mian Maqsood Ahmed, prominent Kashmir leader Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Jamaat al Dawa’s Qari Muhammad Yaqub Sheikh and Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, also addressed the gathering.
Sirajul Haq said that Pakistan was a nuclear power and the Pakistanis were a brave nation. He said India should realize that the Pakistanis had risen in support of the Kashmiris and they would make India to pay for all her excesses in Held Kashmir and India would have to pull out from the valley very soon.
The JI chief said that the Kashmiris were burying their martyrs in the Pakistani flags but the Pakistani rulers were still keen for friendship and trade with India.
Sirajul Haq sounded a note of warning to India Home Minister not to visit Pakistan as there won’t be any to welcome him.
He said it was unfortunate that the county was not having a Foreign Minister for the last three years. He counseled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint a deputy Foreign Minister to deal with the atrocities of the Indian occupation forces in Held Kashmir. He also demanded that a Relief Fund be set up for the treatment of hundreds of Kashmiris wounded by the firing of occupation forces.
Sirajul Haq announced that August 15, the independence day of India would be observed as Black Day throughout Pakistan. On that day, a march would be arranged from Muzaffarabad to Chikothi and would declare that they did not accept the Line of Control and would pull it down in any case.
Hizbul Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin while speaking on the occasion said that curfew had been clamped in Held Kashmir for the last 23 days and the valley had turned into a volcano for India that could explode any time. He said that Indian army had blinded hundreds of Kashmiris with the pellet guns and if prompt medical help was not provided to the affected, this would be a big tragedy.
He wondered what was ailing the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he should have at least recalled Pakistan’s ambassador in New Delhi and suspended trade and diplomatic ties with that country. The rulers should give up hypocrisy and the Pakistan government should either plead the case of Kashmiris or make friends with India, he said. He said that Islamabad should not have invited Indian Home Minister to the SAARC conference in the prevailing situation.
Kashmiri leader Ghulam Muhammad Safi, in his address, thanked the Pakistani nation and the JI chief Sirajul Haq for holding the Kashmir Azadi march. He said this march was clear message for the Pakistani and Indian rulers that the talks of friendship were not acceptable in any case.
Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has called upon the Pakistan government to stop the participation of the Indian Home Minister in the Islamabad SAARC conference. Addressing a press conference in connection with the JI Azadi March from Lahore to Wagha border, he made it clear to the governments of Pakistan and India that until and unless the Kashmir issue was on the agenda, the talks between the two countries would not bear fruit.
The JI Secretary General suggested to the government to constitute delegations of the parliamentarians that should visit the five permanent members of the UN besides its eleven non permanent members to highlight the Kashmir issue.
He said that India’s atrocities in Held Kashmir, East Punjab and Assam had crossed all limits but the international organizations, human rights bodies and the UN remained unmoved. Liaqat Baloch stressed that trade and cultural ties with India be suspended till New Delhi accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory, withdrew her troops from the valley and released thousands of Kashmiris lying in jails. Agencies