Jang Forum calls for support to Kashmir struggle
LAHORE: Pakistan should declare a clear policy regarding Kashmir besides announcing open and complete support for the ongoing independence movement in Kashmir.
This was the consensus of the discussion on freedom movement in Kashmir by the Jang Forum here on Wednesday. The discussion was hosted by noted anchor of Geo Television Iftikhar Ahmed while the participants included Senator SM Zafar, PML-N MNA Bilal Yasin, PPP leader Khalid Kharal, PTI Punjab President Ahsan Rashid and General (Retd) Naseer Akhtar.
Senator SM Zafar said the present situation in Kashmir was very critical and the younger generation of Kashmiris had also joined the independence movement. He said if India failed to understand the gravity of the situation, it would lose the leadership of Saarc. SM Zafar urged the Pakistani government to immediately start writing letters to international human rights organisations about the present human rights violations in Kashmir. He said other visible measures also be taken to highlight the Kashmir issue before the world.
Bilal Yasin said, “We should openly show our support for Kashmir.” Condemning the role of the present government, he said 180 million people of Pakistan were directly linked with Kashmir issue but the government was not showing its interest in the issue.
PPP leader Khalid Kharal said Pakistan had always supported the Kashmiris and the independence movement in Kashmir. He said international organisations had now started taking notice of the presence of half-a-million Indian military troops in Kashmir.
Gen (retd) Naseer Akhtar said serious efforts should be taken to resolve the Kashmir issue or the present movement would take a different turn. He said all Kashmiris should unite to achieve their goal. He condemned the Indian government for giving unlimited powers to army in Kashmir and said India should amend the laws in this regard.
PTI Punjab President Ahsan Rasheed said Pakistani government had failed in presenting Kashmir’s case at international level. He said the way India was constructing dams in Kashmir, Pakistan could become a desert in the next few years.
Source: The News