Solidarity with People of Jammu & Kashmir

According to UNO report published in December, 2015, following defenseless Muslim citizens fell victims to heinous atrocities committed by Indian forces from January, 1989 to December, 2015 in state Jammu & Kashmir held by India:
94,290 killed including 7,038 in custody
22,806 women rendered widows
107,545 children made orphan
10,167 women molested
106,050 houses destroyed
More than 8,000 people made to disappear

All the people across the Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir mark the February 5, as solidarity day in a befitting manner to pay homage to martyrs of state Jammu & Kashmir, and express unity with people of Indian occupied part of the state in their rightful struggle for freedom from Indian subjugation.

Pakistan had been marking the day since 1990 to highlight the plight of people of the State Jammu & Kashmir for their birth-right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through UN Security Council Resolutions of January 17, 1948, April 21 1948, August 13, 1948 and January 05, 1949, and make it realize of its obligation of ensuring a UN sponsored plebiscite in the state according to the wishes of the people of the state.

Solidarity Day was first observed in 1990 when nation collectively prayed for the success of freedom movement of people of Kashmiri.

Symbolically, the Kashmir valley is known as “heaven on earth” which showcases stunning natural beauty, heavenly glimpses of different seasons and popular for its rare arts and crafts. While after the illegal occupation of a big part of Jammu & Kashmir state by Indian army, the heaven of Kashmir valley was enclosed in barbed wires drenched in blood and smell of Gun Powder which raised the issue of mass scale human rights violation committed by Indian Armed Forces in Jammu & Kashmir.

Kashmir problem is unfinished agenda of partition plan of 1947 which librated India from British Crown to make two free states Pakistan and India.

Under the plan the State of Jammu & Kashmir would have become part of Pakistan but unfortunately soon after independence India occupied the state and kept people of the territory under its yoke. However, people of State started freedom movement and liberated part of the State Jammu & Kashmir from Indian occupation which is known as Azad (free) Jammu & Kashmir.

The day protests against Indian occupation and atrocities on the inhabitants of the part of the State Jammu & Kashmir occupied by India using her military might. This issue is a real bone of contention in the relations of Pakistan and India since 1947.

Pity the so-called Flag-Bearers of Humanity, USA, Russia and UK who kill thousands of people in the name of human rights, but dam-care about their own promises given in UNO about seven decades back.

The Indian Express newspaper reported on Sunday that doctors at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Singh hospital have treated at least 446 patients with injuries sustained from being shot at with pellet guns, which have been used against protesters by Indian forces in the region.
A majority of victims have “multiple structural damage” to their eyes, the state government told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, according to the daily.
Pellet guns have been widely used to quell protests in Kashmir that erupted after a popular rebel commander, Burhan Wani, was killed in a gun battle with Indian security forces last month.
At least 66 people have been killed in the almost daily anti-India protests and rolling curfews prompted by the killing of Wani on July 8.
The Central Reserve Police Force, an Indian paramilitary unit, told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that it had used 1.3 million pellets in 32 days, adding that “it was difficult to follow the standard operating procedure given the nature of the protests”.

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Behaviour of All India Congress

Indian National Congress was a brainchild of British Rulers of India. It was founded on 28 December 1885 by 72 individuals with the active help by A.O Hume, a retired British officer and was said to be a ‘representative’ party for the people of the Indian sub-continent. Indian National Congress was in fact created to keep Muslims subjugated. From the very start the Congress had shown its clear interest to safeguard the rights of Hindus, alone. Some of the Congress leaders openly adopted policy to establish Hindu Raj in the sub-continent.

The Muslims of India were greatly disappointed by the anti-Muslim stance that the Congress had adopted. The events following the partition of Bengal. Urdu-Hindi controversy strengthened the desire of the Muslims to organize themselves politically as a separate community. The birth of All India Muslim League at Dacca came as an expression of that desire for which a resolution was passed on 30th December 1906 by 3,000 delegates of Muslims from all over India. The resolution was presented by Nawab Salimullah Khan and seconded by Hakim Ajmal Khan, Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar and Maulana Zafar Ali.

Syed Ameer Ali organized the branch of Muslim league at London, the inaugural meeting for which was held on 6th May 1908, at London Caxton Hall. It was participated by the Muslims and those British people who favoured their view point.

Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was in England, was approached by Muslim League leaders to return to India.
He was elected President of All India Muslim League in 1933

The Lahore Resolution, commonly known as the Pakistan Resolution was drafted between 22nd to 24th March 1940, by the 25-member Working Committee of the All India Muslim League. It was presented by Maulvi A K Fazlul Haq and formally adopted by the Muslim League membership at its general session on 23 March 1940 at Minto Park (now Allama Iqbal Park), in Lahore. This resolution asked for greater Muslim autonomy within British India. However, later most people thought of this as a call for a separate Muslim state, Pakistan.

Today, the resolution’s importance is remembered in Pakistan, by Minar-e-Pakistan that stands in the Allama Iqbal Park, Lahore.
In the words of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah: “Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religions, philosophies, social customs and literature. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations that are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Muslims derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other, and likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built up for the government of such a state. Muslims are a nation according to any definition of nation. We wish our people to develop to the fullest spiritual, cultural, economic, social and political life in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals and according to the genius of our people”.

Kashmir Day in London

Kashmir Day is celebrated by people of Jammu Kashmir every year on October 27 by holding protests. Here I describe only one. Thousands of people attended a Million March for Kashmir’s right of self-determination in London on Sunday, 27 October, 2014 to show solidarity with the people of Indian- occupied state in their decades-long struggle. A large number of people supporting the Kashmir cause came out on the streets of London to draw world attention to the Kashmiris’ troubles who have suffered a lot at the hands of Indian occupation forces in their quest for freedom.

Thousands of Kashmiri people have been killed in decades of Indian brutality. Many people had travelled from several other cities in Britain for the event marked by placards with anti-India slogans. The participants numbering thousands chanted slogans like ‘Kashmir bane ga Pakistan’, ‘We want Freedom’ and ‘Go India Go’.The March, which was also a protest against human rights violations by Indian troops in the Occupied Kashmir, started from London’s Trafalgar Square and concluded at 10 Downing Street – the official residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Towards the end of the March, the protesters submitted a memorandum to the British government seeking an early resolution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of people of Kashmir. Though billed as a ‘Million March’, the strength of the rally was nowhere near that mark.

Member UK Parliament and British House of Commons Kashmir Committee President Andrew Griffiths also addressed the gathering. In a statement, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani declared London Million March a much needed step. He said it is to give world a message that terrorism has no direct or indirect link to the Kashmir Liberation Movement and the people of Kashmir were struggling for their genuine right.Some unconfirmed reports suggested that India had asked the United Kingdom not to allow this march in London but the British government refused the request.

Courtesy: The Nation