Turkish support for Kashmir issue reiterated

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP): Turkey has once again reaffirmed its unflinching support for the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir and stressed the importance of resolving this dispute in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.
This support was reiterated at a seminar held with joint collaboration of the Economic & Social Researches Centre (ESAM) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara on Tuesday to commemorate the Kashmir Solidarity Day, a message received
here Wednesday said.
In his opening address, President of ESAM, Recai Kutan, called for the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions through a free and fair plebiscite.
He also stressed that the United Nations must play its due role in resolving Kashmir and Palestine issues.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey, Sohail Mahmood, commenced his address by quoting an innocent, unarmed Kashimiri girl “You can take away our eyes; but how can you
take away our dreams.”
The little girl was responding with defiance, courage and resolve to the continuing Indian atrocities    especially the use of pellet guns targeting the eyes of the Kashmiris.
Paying rich tributes to the valiant Kashmiri people, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood said neither the 70 years of illegal Indian occupation, nor the extreme brutality of Indian
security forces in maintaining this occupation, had succeeded in subduing the spirit of the Kashmiri people.
Member of Turkish Parliament and Chairman of Pakistan Turkey Cultural Association Burhan Kayaturk, in his speech, said Turkey would continue to support the cause of Kashmir.
He stressed that the world community should break its silence over the atrocities perpetrated in the occupied Kashmir and should come forward for making efforts for
resolution of Kashmir dispute and lasting peace in the region. Chairman of Saadet Party, Temel Karamollaoglu, reiterated Turkish support for Pakistan and the people of
Kashmir till the final resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
He urged the international community to pay attention towards resolving Kashmir, Cyprus and Palestine issues where the suffering of the people had continued for several decades.
During the proceedings, a song released on the occasion of Solidarity Day was shown while a young Kashmiri Ishfaq Bashir narrated the tales of untold miseries being visited upon the people in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.