Webinar held on Independence Day and Kashmir’s Freedom Struggle

Staff Reporter

 

Islamabad: MUSLIM Institute organized a Webinar titled Independence Day and Kashmir’s Freedom Struggle on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Amongst distinguished speakers were President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, Lt. Gen. Ghulam Mustafa (Retd), Air Marshal Masood Akhtar (Retd), Chairman MUSLIM Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, Maj. Gen. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat (Retd), Former Additional Secretary of Foreign Office Ishtiaq Hussain Andrabi (Retd), Dr. Saif ur Rehman and Mr. Ahmed Qureshi whereas British Author and Analyst Ms. Victoria Schofield and Lord Nazir Ahmed participated from UK. Experts highlighted that today, we celebrate Pakistan’s independence achieved 73 years ago and this was made possible by the sacrifices of the millions of people under the sterling leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. People were sceptic and enemies plotted to frustrate the creation of Pakistan. Many thought that the state would collapse even if it came into being. All were proved wrong and Pakistan emerged on the map of the world like a rising star. When we see the situation of oppressed Muslims and other minorities in India, we realize the importance of this country. Kashmir’s freedom struggle has a long history however, the 5th of August last year was a decisive moment in this history. In contrast to the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions, India took unilateral steps to merge Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Scholars and human rights activists have long before voiced against the designs of demographic changes in Indian occupied Kashmir. Many international actors are reluctant to support the principle stance of Kashmiris due to their economic interests in India. However, by the blessings of Allah, today the state of Pakistan stand tall in the community of nations to support Kashmir freedom struggle despite several cycles of turbulence, military attacks, and attempts to undermine its sovereignty and territorial integrity. By acquiring credible strategic and conventional strategic capability, Pakistan has ensured its national security. Today, as we celebrate this day, Pakistan is moving towards the destination of holistic human development, economic progress, and social cohesion. Pakistan has already made a transition from a frontier market to an emerging economy. The days are not far when Pakistan would be amongst the top economies of the world. People of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in Pakistan breathe freely and realized our dreams for national development and prosperity. Our brothers and sisters in the Occupied Jammu & Kashmir are being butchered and brutalized. India is now pursuing its vicious plans to alter the demographic of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by importing and flooding Hindus into the territory from all over India to turn a Muslim majority state into a Hindu majority state. This colonial attitude is not accepted. We will not let this happen. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have vowed that they would block the onslaught of settler colonialist.