QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has said the Indian Army can no longer suppress the voice of the Kashmiri people as India’s brutal face has been unmasked in front of the whole world.
“Thousands of innocent Kashmiris, including women and children, have laid down their lives to get independence from Indian occupation,” said the chief minister while addressing a ceremony held to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day on Tuesday.
“Like other provinces, Balochistan will never skip expressing solidarity with the suppressed people of Kashmir because ‘our Kashmir is our lifeline’,” said CM Kamal. “Political, diplomatic and moral support for the suppressed Kashmiris is our national obligation and we will never stop highlighting Indian barbarism in IOK.”
CM Kamal said peace in the region was connected to peaceful solution of Kashmir issue according to the will of its people.
“Kashmir remains the central issue of Pakistan and India conflict,” said Kamal, urging the United Nations and the international community to play their role in the peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue.
Kamal prayed for the safety of the Kashmiri people, saying: “Inshallah, soon the sun of independence will shine upon IOK.”
A number of rallies, seminars and other programmes were arranged in various districts of the province, including Sibi, Naseerabad, Dera Murad Jamali, Jaffarabad, Mastung, Khuzdar, Kharan, Bolan, Harnai, Chaman, Pishin and other areas in this regard.
Balochistan Tehreek Azadi Jamo Kashmir (BTAJK) and Majlis-o-Warsa-i-Shuhdah Jamo-o-Kashmir (MWSJK) took out two main rallies separately from Customs near Sariab, 10km away from Quetta.
Both the rallies were led by BTAJK President Muhammad Ishfaq, central leader Saifullah Khalid, Nawab Zafarullah Shahwani and MWSJK President Tariq Latifullah.
Various segments of society, including leaders and workers of different political parties, traders, scholars and a large number of students, participated in both the rallies, which culminated at Manan Chowk.
The marchers were holding placards, banners and flags in favour of their demands.
While addressing the rallies, the leaders demanded of the UN to play its due role in stopping Indian brutalities in IOK, adding that Pakistan would continue its political and diplomatic support for their Kashmir brethren in their just struggle for the right to self-determination at every platform.
“The day is not far off when Kashmir and Pakistan will jointly celebrate independence,” they said, adding Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination as per the resolutions of the UN.
Provincial Minister for Food Abdul Rehman Khetran and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Balochistan chapter President Yar Muhammad Rind said in a joint statement that IOK was a part of Pakistan and Pakistan would continue raising its voice for its freedom.
They also expressed their solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren in the time of need.
A rally was also taken out in Naseerabad, which was led by Adviser to the Chief Minister on Education Muhammad Khan Lehri, Naseerabad Deputy Commissioner Qurban Ali Magsi and other officials to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Later, addressing a ceremony at the Deputy Commissioner Office, Magsi urged the international community to take notice of the continuous Indian brutalities in IOK.
Students of different schools and colleges joined the rally and chanted slogans like – “Kashmir will become Pakistan soon”.
A rally was also arranged in Bolan district, which was led by local administration officials.
Thousands of people also took part in a rally taken out in Khuzdar and led by Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Maj (retd) Muhammad Ilyas Kabzai. Participants were carrying the country’s flags and portraits of Kashmiri leaders.
Frontier Corps and police officials also participated in the rally in Khuzdar.
They vowed to continue fighting till the independence of Kashmir from the Indian rule.
A rally was also taken out in Zhob district and was led by Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jabbar Baloch.
Addressing the participants, Jabbar Baloch said, “Pakistanis and Kashmiris are constantly standing together on the lingering issue of Kashmir which is a threat to peace in the region. Kashmiris consider themselves Pakistanis and want to live under the Pakistani flag.”
With additional input from APP