Rawalpindi - Jinnah Iqbal Intellectual Forum in coordination with Rawalpindi Arts Council organised a Seminar on “Jinnah, Kashmir and Current Situation in Indian Held Kashmir” at the RAC Auditorium as a part of Independence Day celebrations yesterday.

Former Federal Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan was the chief guest while Prof Commodore (Retd) Shahid Nawaz presided over the seminar.

The speakers, including Rana Abdul Baqi, Chairman Jinnah Iqbal Forum and Advocate Sajjad Akbar Abbasi, Member Punjab Bar Council participated in the discussion. Poets Nasim Sehar and Farheen Chaudhry presented poems on Jinnah and Kashmir. A good number of students, local intelligentsia and senior citizens attended.

Rana Abdul Baqi, Chairman of the Forum opening the discussion said that Quaid-i-Azam had called Kashmir as the jugular vein of Pakistan. He said that Kashmir is a Muslims majority state and its major portion was occupied by India through force. Besides this, he said Pakistan’s water issue is also linked with Kashmir because rivers are also flowing from the state into Pakistan, which have paramount importance for the country’s agriculture.

He said the people of Kashmir have been aspiring to join Pakistan when Indian forces forcibly occupied major portion of the state in 1947. Rana Abdul Baqi stated that the current struggle of the fifth generation of Kashmir against Indian occupation forces is indigenous.

 He condemned Indian forces for using pellet guns against the innocent protesters. He asked the world leaders that what option is left with the Kashmiri youth except resorting to freedom struggle when India is neither honouring the UN Security Council resolutions nor the bilateral Simla and Lahore agreements for the final settlement of Kashmir. He said that Indian claim on Kashmir has been exposed before the international community as baffling prime minister of India resorted to spreading lies about Balochistan and Azad Kashmir while the people of Azad Kashmir have recently elected a new assembly demonstrating their loyalty to Pakistan.

Chief Guest Malik Habib Khan remarked that Kashmir is part of unfinished agenda of partition of Indian Sub-Continent and cannot be ignored under controversial statements and speeches of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Azad Kashmir and Balochistan, who is now trying to flaming fire in the region.

Malik Habib Khan said that Indian government is involved in grave human rights violations in Kashmir as they failed to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir despite deploying 0.7 million armed troops against seven million people. Malik opined that it was high time to extend full support to freedom fighters in all international forums and the Indian government be told categorically that its gimmicks on Kashmir will not bring any peace in the region until the Kashmir Issue is resolved. He asked the global powers to come forward for resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions. Malik remarked that brutal suppression by Indian security forces cannot silence the freedom-loving people of Kashmir.

While defying Indian bullets, the buoyant Kashmiris have rendered matchless sacrifices to prove Kashmir as an integral part of Pakistan as visualised by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.

Prof Commodore (Retd) Shahid Nawaz said that the Kashmir dispute has been in focus since the independence of Pakistan and the present indigenous struggle of the people of Kashmir deserve all-out support from Pakistan. The government must include the elected representative of Azad Kashmir in the Kashmir Committee to undertake visit to OIC and western countries to apprise them about the grave human rights violation by Indian forces in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Advocate Sajjad Akbar Abbasi, Member Punjab Bar Council, condemned the Indian subversion in Balochistan where many people were killed in Indian inspired terrorism. He said that the India sponsoring terrorism was exposed by the recent statements Narendra Modi and the recent arrest of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadev from Balochistan.