LAHORE - The Nation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman Majid Nizami has reiterated that Kashmir will be freed, even if by struggle.

“Free the jugular vein otherwise our country would be converted into a desert”, he added.

NPT Chairman expressed these views through his message at a special sitting held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan in connection with “The Martyrs of Kashmir Day”. The message was read out by NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed.

The sitting was presided over by Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmad and addressed by Maulana Shafi Josh, Farooq Khan Azad, Begum Surayya KH Khurshid, Justice (r) Munir Ahmad Mughal, Justice (r) Sharif Hussain Bokhari, Begum Mehnaz Rafi and Mian Habib Ullah. Besides a large number of students and people from different walks of life, the event was attended by NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed, Rana Arshad MPA, Mirza Sadiq Jaral, Naseeb Ullah Gardezi and Malik Muhammad Tufail.

Majid Nizami said Quaid-e-Azam termed Kashmir a jugular vein of Pakistan. He said the Quaid ordered the then army chief to enter army into Kashmir and get it liberated who had refused to obey the Quaid’s order.

Mian Mehboob Ahmad said that we must inculcate in ourselves the qualities of a true Muslim and should not forego our legitimate rights. By developing a positive, constructive and optimistic way of thinking, we can think out proper solutions to all our problems, he added.

Sharif Hussain Bokhari narrated the July 13 incident, 1931 in which 22 Kashmiri Muslims lost their lives. Abdul Qadir Khan from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa made a speech a few days before July 13 exhorting the Kashmiris to start a movement against the oppression of the Dogra regime. He was arrested and the case was being heard on July 13 where a multitude of Kashmiri Muslims gathered outside the central prison. In the meanwhile, it was time for the “Zuhr” prayer.

A young man mounted the wall of the prison and started call to prayer. He was shot down by the Dogra Police. Immediately, another youngster took the place of the first martyr and carried on the prayer.

He, too was shot down. It took 22 Kashmiri’s lives to complete the call to prayer. Bokhari brought out the barbarism of the occupying Indian army troops by pointing out that they were using rape as a weapon of war, which even the Israeli troops have never used against the Palestinian people.

The other speakers emphasised the need for the unity among our ranks in order to get our problems and issues resolved.

Well-known industrialist and Chairman Auto Parts Manufacturing Association Usman Aslam Malik said that working hard with full concentration would make you an amicable Pakistani. He voiced these ideas addressing on the 26th day of Nazariati Summer School being jointly run at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust. Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chief Co-ordinator Mian Farooq Altaf also graced the occasion with his presence.

Malik paid tribute to Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Dr Majid Nizami for rendering great services to ensure the safe and secure future for Pakistan.

Mian Farooq Altaf observed that comparatively better and cheaper tractors were being manufactured in Pakistan. Motor-cycles and rickshaws have started to be exported, he added.

At the end, a question and answer session was also held and prizes were awarded to the students putting up remarkable performance.