South Punjab stands in solidarity.
MULTAN -- Asking the world to take notice of Indian brutalities in held Kashmir, the citizens marked Kashmir Solidarity Day (Yaum-e-Yakjihati-e-Kashmir) with national fervour and demanded liberation of the occupied valley here on Monday.
Over a dozen rallies and processions took place in the city in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day. However, the wheel kept rolling throughout the day and the shutters also remained up as no strike was observed on this occasion.
Besides staging a sit in and protest demonstration, the activists of Muttahidda Majlis-e-Amal and JI formed a human chain at Chowk Ghanta Ghar which ended at Hussain Agahi to highlight the issue and awaken international conscience. The JI workers also burnt the mock coffins of India, Israel and USA wrapped in their flags at the Chowk.
The activists Al-Mohammadia Students, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, PML-N, Mutahidda Shehri Mahaaz, JUP, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Ahl-e-Sunnat Waljamat, Pakistan Patriot Forum, lawyers and traders brought out over a dozen separate rallies on the day. All the processions assembled at Chowk Ghanta Ghar where a big public gathering was held.
The speakers said on this occasion that Kashmir was lifeline of Pakistan as almost all rivers were coming from the valley. They regretted that former dictator Musharraf's U-turn on Kashmir
issue spoiled the sacrifices of over seven lac Kashmiris while the policies of current government further added to their miseries. They pointed out that India established over 60 small and big dams on rivers in Kashmir and ceased water flow to Pakistan. They said that India also erected dams on rivers, which were owned by Pakistan under Indus Basin Water Treaty.
They pledged that their struggle would continue till liberation of Kashmir. They said that Pak-India relations could not improve till resolution of Kashmir issue. They demanded of the UN to take notice of human rights violations by the occupation forces of India in held Kashmir so that the poor Kashmiris could get out of 60-year long Indian oppression.
They said that the so-called flag bearers of peace were silent on Indian brutalities in Kashmir. They criticized world powers and said that the residents of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechenia were badly suffering from invasion forces but they had closed their eyes.
They said that self-determination was basic right of Kashmiris and the issue should be resolved in light of UN resolutions. They urged upon international powers to shun their dual standards towards Muslims and play their role for settling international disputes including Kashmir. They said that it was the only way to turn the globe into a peaceful planet.
The participants of all rallies were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans condemning Indian occupation. They also carried out non-stop sloganeering against India and Pakistan government, calling for immediate settlement of the dispute.