Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Saturday urged youth to revive the spirit of 1965 war to thwart India’s evil designs in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
"[Indian Prime Minister] Narendra Modi and RSS by settling five million Hindus in the occupied territory are hell-bent on expelling Muslims from the state and to remove Kashmir from the world map," he said while addressing an event on the eve of Defence Day of Pakistan, organised by the Youth Forum for Kashmir in Muzaffarabad.
Pakistani and Kashmiri youth need to promptly rise up to foil Modi's “satanic plan” and defeat India on political, diplomatic, media, and if needed, on the military fronts, he added.
The AJK president said that Pakistan had certainly fought the wars of 1947, 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999 for the cause of Kashmir, and similarly, the youth of Azad Kashmir by joining Pakistan Army have also been defending the motherland for the last seven decades.
He said that a 23-year old young army officer Lt Nasir Khalid, who embraced martyrdom the other day, was also belonged to Azad Kashmir. "This was neither the first nor the last sacrifice by any Kashmiri youth, but thousands of youth have sacrificed their lives while thousands more are prepared to sacrifice their lives for the supreme cause," he added.
President Masood said that in 1947, our elders through their sacrifices had provided us with an opportunity to breathe in an environment of freedom and it is our sacred duty now to protect this liberty by all means.
He regretted that on the other side of the Line of Control which is under foreign occupation, “the life of a 10 days old child to 80 years old man is at constant risk of being killed, maimed or blinded by Indian occupation forces”.
The innocent women are being raped while the youth are subjected to target killings in fake encounters, he added.
The AJK president said that we have no hope from the international community or the United Nations, and we are to do on our own what we can to get freedom. However, he added that we can enhance pressure on the international community and the United Nations to resolve the Kashmir issue by turning our struggle into a global movement.
Addressing the function, Executive Director of Youth Forum for Kashmir Maria Iqbal Tarana paid great homage to the martyrs of 1965 war, saying that the "martyrs inflicted a severe blow on enemy's five times big army, and defended every inch of Pakistan".
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