- Iranian journalist presents poem on Kashmir, others express support, solidarity with Kashmiri people
TEHRAN: The Embassy of Pakistan in the Iranian capital observed ‘Black Day’ in solidarity with the Kashmiri people to highlight India’s illegal occupation of the Kashmiri state and express solidarity with the people of the state who are being subjected to worst kind of brutalities by the Indian armed forces.
In his speech, Ambassador Asif Durrani paid homage to the sacrifices of the Kashmiris and said that the brutal use of force by the Indian forces has failed to suppress the indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people aspiring for their right to self-determination.
Referring to the atrocities and gross human rights violations being committed by India against the Kashmiri people, Ambassador Durrani said that after the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani last year by the Indian forces, Indian brutalities against innocent Kashmiris has increased to unprecedented levels in terms of killing and torture of Kashmiris, especially youth.
He said that new tactics of repression such as pellet guns were being employed to blind the people; there were thousands of ‘half widows’, the fate of their husbands is unknown for the past many years. He said that Jammu Kashmir and Palestine were the oldest unresolved issues on the agenda of the United Nations.
Ambassador Durrani said that the non-implementation of the UN resolutions were not only a big question mark on the credibility of the world body but also a test for the conscience of the international community. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s diplomatic, moral and political support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people and thanked the Iranian leadership for their support to the Kashmir cause.
Messages of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regarding the ‘Black Day’ were also readout on the occasion. Iranian journalist Nasir Yamin Mardokhi presented a poem on Kashmir and scholar Dr Abdul Rafee Haqiqat, journalist Mohammad Reza Ahmedlou and an Iranian student from the Urdu Department of the Tehran University expressed support and solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
A short documentary on India’s occupation of Jammu Kashmir and atrocities being committed by the Indian forces was also screened. A number of Iranian academicians, scholars, intellectuals, leading journalists, as well as students and members of the Pakistani community attended the event.