PM dedicates Aug 14 to Kashmir cause

Published: August 14, 2016
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“When we remember the Quaid, leaders and workers of Pakistan Movement, our hearts are enlightened with the memory people who have become immortal by sacrificing their lives for the country,” the PM said. PHOTO: AFP

“When we remember the Quaid, leaders and workers of Pakistan Movement, our hearts are enlightened with the memory people who have become immortal by sacrificing their lives for the country,” the PM said. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has dedicated Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day to the freedom movement in Kashmir, where more than 50 people have died in a month of violence triggered by the killing of a youth leader.

“I dedicate this year’s 14th August to the freedom of Kashmir,” Nawaz Sharif said in his message for the Independence Day, which will be celebrated today across the country.

“I dedicate it to the people of Kashmir who have bravely faced state oppression but kept the spirit of freedom alive. This Independence is also memorable due to the fact that nowadays the spirit of independence in Occupied Kashmir is at its peak,” the premier was quoted in a statement issued by the PM House.

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According to the PM House release, the main Independence Day event will be a flag-hoisting ceremony in the federal capital, where the president would address the nation. Flag-hoisting ceremonies would also be held in all provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.

The day will dawn with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals. Special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, and ‘for the success of the long struggle of Kashmiris’.

PM Nawaz, in his message, also paid homage to the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the country. “We remember all our martyrs from every segment of the state. They are in every political party…every field of life… every sect…every religion. They are all Pakistanis. They are individuals of one nation,” he said.

Remembering the victims of Monday’s Quetta carnage, the premier said this 14th August also carried deep feelings of grief as the pain of Quetta’s martyrs is still fresh.

He added that without the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s creation was impossible.

“When we remember the Quaid, leaders and workers of Pakistan Movement, our hearts are enlightened with the memory people who have become immortal by sacrificing their lives for the country,” the PM said.

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President calls for unity

In a separate Independence Day message, President Mamnoon urged the nation to forge unity to secure a better and brighter future for the coming generations.

“We need to initiate the process of correction individually, then from homes and communities to derive more benefits and ensure the democratic values take root at the state, governmental and administrative levels to pave the way for a meaningful change,” President Mamnoon said.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali also extended heartiest felicitations to Pakistanis while calling for national consensus at the institutional level on vital issues.

“In order to affect change, we need to first move our institutional thinking to be more critical about our performance and be reform-minded to devise and implement suitable solutions,” he said in an Independence Day message.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Aakashvaani
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:24AM

    Hafiz Saeed could have said it directly but he chose to convey his 2 cents of dedication through you. Kashmir, WAS, IS and WILL remain part of India. You can live or die with that knowledge.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:45AM

    And exactly what is this gesture going to achieve? Pakistan knows full well that it cannot change the status quo without going to an all out war and winning it which is next to impossible. Therefore Pakistan should settle for LoC as the international border and form that as the basis of dicusssion between the two countries.Recommend

  • harkol
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:49AM

    Does he mean Freedom for Pak Occupied Kashmir? UN resolution acknowledged Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Kashmir and asked Pakistan to vacate it. Pakistan has not done this even after nearly 70 years. So, if Nawaz wants to freedom in Kashmir, he can begin by asking his Army to withdraw as per UN Resolutions.Recommend

  • Shakti
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:22AM

    India will not rest until every inch of land occupied by invaders has been repatriated with India. India’s 5000 year history in Kashmir will be worth nothing if this is not the least she can do.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:31AM

    If that doesn’t do it, I think Aug 16 and 17 too are available for dedication!Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:16AM

    Good move, has effectively sweat Panama off the agenda.

    Have no doubt who will win the next election !Recommend

  • Jairaj
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:18PM

    Didn’t know Pakistan’s I-day could be dedicatedRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:21PM

    Great now when are all those PML, PPP PTI and Pak Army etc leaving AJK and giving locals their real Azadi?Recommend

  • Pure Ind
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:33PM

    A country where school children are gunned down by terrorists, where there were bomb blast in Quetta, terrorists like Salahuddin & Osama found, very funny that on Independence Day Nawaz cant see anything else than Kashmir.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Aug 14, 2016 - 4:58PM

    Either he is doing a drama or he has really taken a u-turn on the friendship with Mr. Modi.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:31PM

    and when is Pak independence day.Recommend

  • truth
    Aug 14, 2016 - 7:51PM

    Nearly 100000+ killed ,raped in Baluchistan from 1947. India’s independence is what matters to the world Pakistan is just the Husk of rice which has no use other than to be burnt,
    15 August is already dedicated in solidarity to the citizens of Republic of Baluchistan, if all goes well 15 August 2020 will be new dawn for Baluchistan as it will get independenceRecommend

  • truthbetold
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:03PM

    Pakistan should declare a whole week as holiday dedicated to Kashmir cause.Recommend

  • Haramullah
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:08PM

    There is nothing for you Pakistanis, thats why this.Recommend

  • zahid
    Aug 14, 2016 - 11:48PM

    Dear Primeminister,

    Push for a referendum on Kashmir. Constantly remind the world how many people have died there since 1947 trying to leave India. Make this a policy declaration and do not relent. You owe it to the nation. The best way for getting world attention is to make a monument with names of those who have been killed. Non violence is the only way forward in any political discourse.Recommend

  • M.M.
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:04AM

    @harkol:
    You idiot ! Indian occupied Kashmir is already gone to Pakistan where Kashmiris celebrate Pakistan independence day with Pakistani flags and burn Indian flags, where they bury their dead with Pakistani flags , where hatred for India is so overwhelming that no matter how many are killed and shot by pellet guns you will not be able to quell them. Wake, wake, wake , Good moring Buniyas ! T
    Time to wake up and face reality !Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:25AM

    NS can dedicate all 365 days of the year, 1 Jan to 31 Dec, as Kashmir day. Nothing is going to change. That cause is fast killing the Pakistan economy and soon everyone will have to start eating grass.Recommend

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