MIRPUR (AJK)-Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan declared on Saturday that the Two-Nation Theory is as important today as it was in 1947. "In fact Mujadid Alf Sani had laid foundation for the Two-nation Theory by lead the first wave of Islamic renaissance in South Asia."

AJK President Masood Khan stated while addressing a conference held to celebrate the works and contribution of Mujaddid Alf Sani on Islamic thought. The conference was organised by Alami Idara Tanzeem-ul-Islam on Saturday.

Sardar Masood Khan said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are being punished by Indian zealots because of their adherence to the Two-Nation Theory. In 1947-48, some 250,000 Muslims were killed in Jammu at the best of the Mahrajah of Kashmir, and with the collusion of RSS extremists, the Indian Government led by Pandit Nehru and the Viceroy of India. Since then, the President said, the Indian occupation forces in the Occupied Kashmir have never stopped killing Kashmiris and torturing.

"They were being chastised for being Muslims", he said adding that the occupier had also been giving permanent residence to non-Kashmiri Hindu to change the demographics of the region.

The AJK president claimed that Indian Hindu supremacists, mainly comprising Brahmans, too believe in a two-nation theory, but without admitting it publicly. "Their insidious agenda is to subjugate Muslims in India, kill them in Kashmir, and suppress the rising Muslim nations in the neighborhood, especially Pakistan," he explained.

Masood Khan said that India's bias against Muslims is evident from the fact that it is backing the Myanmar government killing Rohingya Muslims and it has closed its border to the Rohingya refugees, fleeing murderous spree in Burma.

He appealed to the audience to express their solidarity with the suffering people of Kashmir through practical steps such as telling the world about the horrendous situation prevalent in the occupied Kashmir and informing world opinion about persecution of Muslims in India.

The AJK president said that instead of following the path of being defensive or aggressive, the Muslims should fight off persecution by practicing and spreading the true spirit of Islam: peace, amity, tolerance, co-existence and welfare. "In this context, a dialogue with all nations and civilisations is important. "The onus is on us", he said.

PUAN FINANCE SECRETARY ELECTED

Local business community elder Ch Muhammad Shafiq, Secretary General Mirpur (Azad Jammu & Kashmir) Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been elected as Finance Secretary of Pakistan - US Alumni Network (PUAN) AJK Chapter, it was officially said here on Saturday.

PUAN, an association of US exchange alumni, stands with firm commitment to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan though community service, conferences, mentoring future generations, and reaching out to inspire and recruit new exchange participants. All current and former Pakistani participants of US federal government-sponsored exchange programs are eligible to become members of PUAN, an authorised office-bearer of the network said while unveiling results of the election to the office bearers of the organization.

Ch Muhammad Shafiq SG MCCI-AJKCCI participated in Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) on "Franchising for Pakistan" on 14-22, June 2014 in New York, US. He became member of PUAN in 2014. From 2016 he is serving as Executive Member of PUAN AJK Chapter.

The PUAN network is jointly administered by the US Embassy and the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP).

The network is one of the largest and most active USG exchange alumni networks in the world, with more than 22,000 registered members and 12 local chapters throughout Pakistan. Active alumni chapters are located in the following cities/regions. Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Bahawalpur, Quetta, Gwadar, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Jamshoro, Karachi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) / Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Lahore, Multan, Sukher.

The sources underlined that the US Embassy in Islamabad is responsible for supervising the Alumni for the AJK, GB and Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapters. US, Consulate in Lahore covers the Bahawalpur, Lahore and Multan chapters, while the US Consulate in Karachi covers the Baluchistan, Karachi, Jamshoro and Sukkur chapters. US Consulate Peshawar covers the KP/FATA chapter.