Kashmiri leaders hail PM’s speech reflecting their plight, feelings

ISLAMABAD, Sept 24 (APP): Various Kashmiri leaders and
organizations have hailed Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for his speech at the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by saying that “he boosted the morale of people of Kashmir by highlighting their plight and supporting their right to self determination.”

Lauding the speech, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed
Ali Geelani said, “He (Sharif) courageously highlighted the Kashmir issue and proved himself to be a friend and well wisher of Kashmir.”

Geelani, in a statement, said although the UN had not lived up to the expectations of the oppressed and suppressed nation, for which that forum came into existence, but reminding it and its member countries of the long standing and almost forgotten issue of Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif had once again reiterated Pakistan’s stand that unless the core issue of Kashmir was resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir, dance of death and destruction would have no end.

A report in the Greater Kashmir Saturday quoted Geelani as
seconding the demand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Jammu and Kashmir state be demilitarized.

“List of crimes committed by the Indian forces is very long
and it is lengthening with each passing day. Killings, rapes, molestations, ransacking of buildings, arrests, humiliations and harassments are the common and much used tools of world’s largest democracy by which they try to muzzle our just voice,” Geelani said.

Incarcerated Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin said Pakistan was making all efforts to highlight the plight of suppressed Kashmiris.

He hoped that the UN would implement the suggestions by Nawaz Sharif and play its role in resolving the longstanding dispute.

Malik, according a JKLF statement, appealed to the UN to take strong note of “killings and excesses by forces in Kashmir and impress upon India to end suppression on Kashmiris and forcible control of Kashmir.”

Hailing the speech of Nawaz Sharif at UNGA, the Hurriyat
Conference (M) expressed gratitude to Pakistan and its government for “once again pleading the just political cause of the people of J&K before the world body.”

The Hurriyat stressed upon the world body to fulfil its
commitments made to the people of J&K through its Security Council resolutions, pending implementation for the past 70 years.

“The suggestions put forth by PM Sharif before the
international body for resolving the Kashmir dispute have been the demands of the conglomerate also for long time as they pave the way for a lasting solution and permanent peace in the region,” a spokesman of the Hurriyat, said in a statement.

“Nawaz Sharif very emphatically highlighted the ongoing
unrelenting and unprecedented oppression and violence being
perpetuated upon the people of Kashmir by the Indian state and presented a detailed dossier of the grave human rights violations being committed across the state to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.”

Syed Salah ud Din also hailed Nawaz Sharif for effectively
presenting Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue at UNGA.
“The speech of Prime Minister was all encompassing and he
effectively raised the Kashmir issue and presented solid proposals for promoting global and regional peace and also exposed the brutalities inflicted by India upon people of Kashmir,” Salahuddin said.

Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister of Pakistan for his
“bold and realistic” speech, Dukhtaran e Millat Shairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement, said they regarded Pakistan’s efforts to internationalize the ongoing Kashmiri movement as a success.

“The speech by Nawaz Sharif at the UNGA is a big step towards the success of our ongoing movement. Despite, India’s false propaganda, Pakistan showed to the world how much they are concerned about Kashmiris,” she added.

Senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and Jammu Kashmir
National Front (NF) Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan hailed Nawaz Sharif’s “historical address” in the UNGA.

“Political disputes like Kashmir could be resolved by
political statesmanship and concrete political measures.

Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved by New Delhi’s jingoism, unethical attitude and use of brute force against the freedom loving Kashmiri people,” he said in a statement.

“New Delhi must read writing on the wall that Kashmiri people want an end to its rule over Jammu Kashmir so that they can decide their political future through a free and fair right to self determination under the auspices of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” he said.

Jammu Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA), in a statement, appreciated the statement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who had fully supported the demand of Kashmiri people for right of self determination as promised to them by several Security Council resolutions and also the offer made by him to India for entering into a serious and sustaining dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

Vice president of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar said that Nawaz Sharif’s speech was a true reflection of the sentiments of Kashmiri people.

“Pakistani Prime Minister’s categorical and courageous stance on the issue of Kashmir on one hand generated a new wave of optimism in Kashmir while on the other it was a clear message to the world community and India in particular that the long running issue can no longer be ignored or swept under the carpet”, a spokesman of the DFP quoted Saghar.

J&K Anjuman e Sharie Shian President Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi said Nawaz’s speech not only reflected desires, feelings and oppression on the Kashmiri people but also expressed the desire of lasting peace and stability in the region.

“Pakistan’s Prime Minister drew the attention of the world
community towards the severe situation in Kashmir and exposed the repressive face of India that claims of being a biggest democracy in the world,” Aga Syed said in a statement.

Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) leaders Shabir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Gulam Nabi War also appreciated PM Sharif’s speech and opined that it would prove a game changer in the geographical and political landscape of subcontinent.

Chairman of Tehreek e Mazahmat Bilal Sidiqee said the people of Jammu and Kashmir felt that their voice was being raised on international forums.

“It is really a voice of voiceless people. We are indebted to
the people of Pakistan and their leaders. We urge international community to take cognizance of human rights violations in state,” he added.

Chairman of Islamic Political Party Muhammad Yousuf Naqash said time had come for world leadership to resolve this vexed dispute once for all.

Appreciating the stand taken by Pakistan in the UNGA
over Kashmir issue, Democratic Political Movement Chairman Firdous Shah thanked the Government of Pakistan, especially Nawaz Sharif, for raising the Kashmir issue.