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Junagadh desk must establish to raise issue at int'l level: Nawab Khanji.

ISLAMABAD:A Junagadh desk should be established in the Foreign Office of Pakistan to raise the issue at international level, said Nawab of Junagadh, Nawab Muhammad Jahangir Khanji on Monday.

He was addressing an event on Junagadh issue as Chief Guest organized here by the Department of Politics & International Relations of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), a press release said.

The event was also addressed by Tahir Mehmood Public Relations Coordinator MUSLIM Institute & Dr Amna Mehmood Chairperson Department of Politics and International Relations.

Nawab Jahangir Khanji emphasized that Junagadh was first among princely states which acceded to Pakistan following the withdrawal of colonial powers from the subcontinent.

It was discussed that in case of Junagadh, young generation should be made aware of this important cause. Nawab of Junagadh Nawab Mahabat Khanji decided to accede to Pakistan because he was very impressed with the policies of Quaid-i-Azam.

According to June 3 plan, Quaid-i-Azam gave the option wholeheartedly to all the princely states whether to join Pakistan or India or to remain independent.

He was very clear in his policy that the states which will accede to Pakistan, those will be given choice to decide about terms of accession and the method of governance. Perhaps this was the reason that many princely states were willing to accede to Pakistan.

Contrary to this, Indian Congress including Nehru opposed the independence of states by their imperialistic aggressive actions. Gandhi even said that independence by any state will be declared as act of war.

At the same time, Lord Mountbatten sided with Indian Congress due to his personal interests instead of remaining unbiased and especially he forced many states to join to India.

Kashmir, Junagadh and Hyderabad are those big examples where India broke the Independence act and international law and occupied the states. Similarly, Nehru & Patel tried hard to prevent the states from opting to accede to Pakistan. British government also didn't take any action against those illegal actions of India. However, the then Nawab and chief administrator of the state of Junagadh, Nawab Mahabat Khanji signed the instrument of accession with Pakistan on September 15 1947 with Quaid-e-Azam.

The decision of Nawab was in consultation with the state council which included the Hindu as well as Muslim members. The legality of the instrument of ascension further strengthens the case of Junagadh in favor of Pakistan.

Means of communication, defense and foreign policy of the state was handed over to the Government of Pakistan in accordance with the instrument of accession.

India could not bear Junagadh to be a part of Pakistan, started conventional machinations. India illegally occupied the state through military occupation in the absence of any resistance.

Soon after Indian military occupation of the state, then foreign minister of Pakistan, Sir Zafarullah Khan along with Nawab Mahabat Khanji sued the case in United Nations which is still waiting her fate for hearing. The importance of case demands serious attention of leaders, Nawab said.

The leaders should mobilize all possible efforts in order to keep the issue alive. It is recommended by the Nawab that Junagadh issue should be included in our national curriculum.

It will help a great deal in acquainting our youth regarding the urgency of the issue.
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Publication:Daily the Pak Banker (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 3, 2018
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