islamabad - Islamabad Bar Association hosted a seminar on Wednesday in honour of Dr Muhammad Qasim, who completed his 25 years behind bars under Indian hegemony.

The guests included Abdul Basit, former high commissioner of Pakistan to New Delhi and Mona Alam, journalist and analyst. Aasiya Andrabi, chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Millat, addressed the seminar on phone from Indian Occupied Kashmir.

President District Bar Riasat Ali Azad expressed complete support to Kashmiris across the line of control and vowed to hold such events in support and encouragement of Kashmiri brethren who are living under constant threats of Indian brutal forces.

Mona Alam said that the Indian media and government were always on one page on Kashmir issue and degrade Pakistan’s stance actively in their talk shows.

She mentioned that President AJK should become active in highlighting atrocities committed by Indian forces on both sides of the line of control. She also paid glorious tribute to Dr Qasim and declared him a true hero who remained steadfast in his principles.

A short documentary on how Dr Qasim’s incarceration had affected the family and friends was also played.

Abdul Basit thanked the Bar for commemorating 25 years imprisonment of Dr Qasim.

He spoke of the unwavering stand that Dr Qasim had taken for 25 years and had become a victim of political vendetta.

His case is unique where Indian government forcefully changed the jail manual to prolong his misery and caused miscarriage of justice, he said.

 He also paid tribute to Aasiya Andrabi, wife of Dr Faktoo, who lived only two years with her husband out of her 27 years of married life.

He also mentioned that Pakistan should fulfil its responsibilities with regards to Kashmir and maintain a firm stance internationally. Kashmir is not just a territorial issue but a national cause and needs to be argued with firm narrative, he said.

APHC convener Syed Faiz Naqashbandi also called for release of Dr Qasim and implementation of UN resolution on Kashmir.

The audience included civil society members, particularly young doctors’ association representative Dr Fazal Rabbi from Islamabad who also maintained firm support for Dr Qasim’s release and solidarity with Kashmir.