KARACHI - Karachiites have expressed their absolute support to the rights to self determination and dignified existence for the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Citizens from different walks of life talking to APP, appreciating state stance towards Kashmir and dedicating February 5 every year as Kashmir Day, said United Nations must extend priority to investigate Indian atrocities in IOK.

“UN resolutions may not be obligatory but do hold a strong value in the present day of growing consciousness for human rights among the international community,” said Prof Talat Wizarat Head of Center for Policy and Area Studies Department, Institute of Business Management (IoBM).

She reminded that world opinion in itself is important for every state particularly those aspiring to emerge as powers of any category.

Prof Dr Shaista Tabbasum, Department of International Relations said world community must realize their responsibility and extend due attention towards the demand of IOK inhabitants.

“There do exist examples of South Sudan and East Timor carved out of Sudan and Indonesia respectively on the basis of Right to Self Determination,” she said.

The scholar reminded that international community has also played its role in supporting the people of East Timor and South Sudan who too were claimed to be exposed to situation and status that are actually faced by the people of IOK.

Dr. Shahida Wizarat Khan, Head of Economic Research Center, Institute of Business Management said resolutions regarding Right to Self Determination made by people of Scotland in UK and Quebec province in Canada were repeatedly accepted as their genuine right.

“In cognizance of their rights referendum were also held at the two places and despite making their preference concerned communities still hold every right to review their decision through fresh referendum,” she elaborated.

The senior scholar said IOK has emerged to be a cause of serious situation in the region leading to series of terrorism related incidents in Pakistan.

These facts, she said must be duly and repeatedly highlighted by Pakistan and kept into consideration by the world community to prevent snowball affect of the conflict itself and growing frustration of the deprived and victimized people.

Dr Shahida Wizarat called upon the international community to adopt a rational approach towards the Right to Self Determination of the people of IOK.

She regretted that while similar calls made by people belonging to first world could be witnessed drawing international attention yet plight of the people of IOK, suffering from past 70 years, was being simply ignored.

World must take notice

of Indian atrocities

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair Sunday said right to self determination of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir needed to be urgently accepted so as to help restore peace in the region.

In his message issued on eve of Kashmir Day, he said massive sacrifices rendered by the people of IOK must not go in vain and the dispute must be settled in accordance to the resolutions adopted by UN’s Security Council.

“Kashmir was rightly cited as the jugular vein of Pakistan by Quaid e Azam all the way back 1946 due to its geographical, economic, political and defence related positioning,” said the Sindh Governor.

Mentioning that significance of Kashmir for Pakistan has not changed in any way during past 70 years, he regretted that Kashmir remains to be an unfinished agenda of UNO.

He said hearts of the people of Pakistan and Kashmir beat together due to their unanimity in terms of religion, beliefs, culture and traditions.

Reiterating that Pakistan and its people will always stand behind the people of Kashmir, Muhammad Zubair urged the international community to take notice of atrocities committed by Indian army in IOK and help implementation of UN resolutions that conform right to self determination of the people struggling for the cause for past 70 years.

UN unable to resolve issue

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said that United Nations has been unable to implement its resolution to resolve the Kashmir issue.

The People of Kashmir are the real possessor of Kashmir while self-determination is the right of people of Kashmir.

In a message on the eve of Kashmir Day, Chairman Pak Sarzameen Party Syed Mustafa Kamal said without consent of people of Kashmir the matter of Kashmir could not resolve. India cruelly killed the people of Kashmir in occupied valley, making hundreds of Kashmiris dispossessed and disrespecting hundreds of Kashmiri women.

He said Kashmiris were never been terrorists, only asking for their independence. He urged youth to spread the message of Kashmiris on social media. Kashmiris offered unmatched sacrifices for freedom. Their struggle will definitely show the colour of success in coming time, he added.

PTI expresses solidarity

with Kashmiris

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Jacobabad chapter took out a rally against Indian atrocities on innocent Kashmiris on the eve of Kashmir Day which would be observed today (February 5) across Pakistan.

The rally was started from Pathan House and culminated at Deputy Commissioner Office Chowk after marching various routes, here on Sunday.

Rally was led by Raaz Khan Pathan, district information secretary PTI Jacobabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Raaz Khan Pathan said that Indian government crossed it’s all limits to do atrocities on powerless innocent Kashmiris and he questioned that why united nations are silent over the atrocities.

“Kashmir is backbone of Pakistan and Pakistan will continue its legal and moral support to powerless Kashmiris for larger interests of the innocent Kashmiris,” he added. He strongly condemned the Indian atrocities in Kashmir and set Indian flag on fire at DC Office Chowk.

A large number of people including Abdul Latif, Nawab Laghari, Shafiq Soomro and children also participated in rally besides they were chanting slogans against atrocities of India and in favour of Kashmir.

Pakistan had been marking February 5 as public holiday “Kashmir Day” since 1990 to show solidarity with innocent Kashmiris against atrocities of India.

Kashmir Day sports festival starts

The Kashmir Day Sports Festival organised by Sindh Sports Department Hyderabad Region started here Sunday at Barkat Bhai Table Tennis Hall in Niaz Cricket Stadium.

According to a press release, the table tennis games of boys and girls and the karate competition would take place on February 5 at the ground of Police Headquarters in Saddar.

The handball and football matches among the teams of boys and girls would take place on February 6 at Wapda stadium.