Kashmir Solidarity Day Observed In South Africa - 05-02-2017

"The United Nations had promised through multiple resolutions that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through democratic means of a free and impartial plebiscite. Decades have passed by and the people of Jammu and Kashmir are still looking towards the world community and the United Nations to fulfil the promises made to them with regard to their right to self determination", the High Commissioner of Pakistan to South Africa H.E. Najm us Saqib stated while expressing grave concern over the killings and other human rights violations taking place in the Indian Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Security Forces.

The High Commissioner was addressing a full house comprising academicians, journalists, representatives of community, religious scholars and officials of the High Commission in a simple but dignified function, organized by the High Commission to observe the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” in South Africa. He saluted the bravery and courage displayed by the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir and said that their untiring efforts would surely bear fruit. The High Commissioner reiterated that Pakistan would continue to provide moral, diplomatic and political support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their quest for attaining their inalienable right to self determination. While reminding the world of Kashmir being the oldest unresolved issue on the UN agenda awaiting solution, he hoped that the world nations would exert influence in providing the hapless people of Jammu and Kashmir their rights.

Messages by the President and the Prime Minister on Kashmir Solidarity Day were read out to the audience.

Prominent Kashmiri scholar Dr. Haroon Abbasi, the Senior Vice President of Pakistan- South Africa Association Mr. Amanat Ali Tarar and others highlighted the important role of the international community in helping to bring a lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute. They also expressed the hope that the South African community would be actively engaged on this vital subject. Representing the sentiments of Pakistani youth, Ms. Areeba Malik declared that Pakistan would always stand by the people of Kashmir and the day was not very far when a new Kashmiri era would begun whereby the people of Jammu and Kashmir would live in peace. In the end, special prayers were offered for a just solution of the Kashmir dispute and a bright future for the people of Kashmir.