Kashmir Solidarity day observed all over the world to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir

Kashmir Solidarity day observed all over the world to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir


Islamabad, February 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Kashmir Solidarity day is observed all over the world to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir in their valiant struggle against the repressive occupation of India. The Day was observed with great solemnity and fervor today, on the 5th February, 2013, in Seoul, South Korea (Republic of Korea). The function was held at a local hotel by “The Friends of Kashmir Association” with support from the Pakistani community residing in Korea.

The function commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran followed by translation. The event was attended by a large number of Pakistanis, Koreans and representatives of the print media, says a press release received here today from Seol.

As it is well known and documented, the people of Kashmir have been struggling against the Indian occupation for the last 65 years. The issue of Kashmir is considered an unfinished issue of partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947 by the British rulers. At that time, states of the subcontinent were given the choice of joining either India or Pakistan, keeping in view the preferences of the people of the particular state. While the people of Kashmir who were predominantly Muslims, preferred to merge with Pakistan, the ruler of the state, in connivance with the Indian leaders, opted to merge with India.

The issue was taken to the United Nations in 1949 which decided that the matter of the accession of Kashmir to either India or Pakistan shall be decided through a plebiscite held in the state. However, since that day, India has not held the plebiscite on one pretext or the other.

The struggle of the people of Kashmir intensified in 1990. Since then, more than 100,000 people have lost their lives, and a large number of men and women injured.

Major General (Retd) Ahn Choung Jun, Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Former Commander / Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for UNMOGIP, spoke on the occasion. During his address, he recalled his experiences and referred to the brutalities committed against the innocent Kashmiri people by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. He emphasized that the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions on Kashmir.

Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Khan, a prominent Kashmiri, settled in South Korea since long, also addressed from the occasion, and talked about some of his personal experiences in occupied Kashmir. The President of Pakistan Business Association (PBA), also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Sooba Khan, President of Pakistan Association in Siheung, performed the role of Master of Ceremonies. He also elaborated on the need for freedom and liberty for the Kashmiri people. A video on the atrocities committed by the Indian forces, on the brave Kashmiri people, was also played.

During the event, the Ambassador of Pakistan in Republic of Korea, His Excellency, Mr. Shaukat Ali Mukadam, read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan underlining that “Pakistan shall continue to stand by our Kashmiri brethren and shall always provide them with moral, diplomatic and political support”. The Ambassador, in his address, highlighted the origins of the Kashmir Dispute and struggle of the Kashmiri people since 1947 against the Indian Occupation.

The event concluded with dinner.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
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