LAHORE - Different rallies and seminars held across the country yesterday observed Accession to Pakistan Day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

People of all walks of lives attended the events organised by different religious and political parties in support of Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom from India. Leaders of the parties issued statements and vowed to continue the moral support of freedom fighters.

Kashmiris dwelling on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and rest of the world observe Accession to Pakistan Day on July 19 with a renewed pledge to continue the struggle for freedom from the Indian occupation.

The people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir had adopted a historic resolution on July 19, 1947 from the platform of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in Srinagar, demanding accession of the state to Pakistan in accordance with the Partition Plan and two-nation theory.

In Lahore, major event of Kashmir Karwan (a rally) was organised by Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Thousands of people participated in the rally which started from The Mall and will end in Islamabad today. JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, JI secretary general Liaqat Baloch and leaders of other parties addressed the rally.

Pakistan People’s Party, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ehle-Hadith and other parties also organised protest rallies in front of Lahore Press Club and other places.

The PPP’s rally was led by senior leader and Punjab former governor Latif Khosa who said the people of Pakistan will continue moral support of their brother.

Hafiz Saeed and Liaqat Baloch, addressing the gathering on The Mall, said the Kashmiris are facing the brutalities of Indian army with courage and resoluteness.

The speakers said the Kashmiris were justified to demand the right of self determination. They said that the BJP government in India was advancing the agenda of the RSS as they wanted to alter the Muslim character of the Jammu and Kashmir besides destabilising Pakistan through terrorism and interference.

“Threats to Pakistan’s security are increasing. India already created an anti-Pakistan front in Bangladesh and its conspiracies against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor are at peak,” warned JI’s Liaquat Baloch.

He further deplored that the world silence over the Indian atrocities in Held Kashmir where life had become miserable due to persistent curfew. He urged all religious, social and political parties to stand united for the just cause of Kashmiris.

A statement issued from JI head office Mansoora stated Liaqat Balcoh contacted the Kashmiri leadership in Azad and Held Kashmir and lauded the sacrifices made by the Kashmiri masses following the martyrdom of commander Burhan Wani.

JuD stated the Kashmir Karwan was warmly welcomed at Muridke, Gujranwala, Kamoki and other towns and cities at GT Road. Holding banners and placards, the participants chanted anti-India slogans and asked the world to pay heed to the problems of the people who had been struggling for decades to get freedom.

The whole lawyers’ community also strongly condemned yesterday the atrocities of Indian Army on innocent people of occupied Kashmir and urged the government’s authorities to play their due role to press the issue at international level.

The Supreme Court Bar Association held its Executive Committee’s meeting at Lahore office and discussed the long efforts of Kashmiri people. In a statement, the top body of lawyers in Pakistan said they would invite an All Parties Conference to highlight the issue of Kashmir at international level and to find out a viable solution of the problem.

Also the Lahore High Court Bar Association passed a resolution to boycott Indian products and urged the government authorities to take up the issue of Indian atrocities on Kashmiri people at international level.

Lawyers said the Indian brutality on Kashmiri people was open violation of human rights but all the global organisations instead of condemning India were playing their role as silent spectators. Innocent youths of Occupied Kashmir were being killed just for raising voice for freedom and open choice of self-determination as preserved by resolutions of the United Nations.

Presiding over the meeting of SCBA, Barrister Syed Ali zafar said that the ambassadors of the different countries, representatives of the OIC and International amnesty would also be invited to discuss the issue. “Kashmiris have been fighting for Pakistan and therefore, they will not be left alone in this fight for freedom,” he further stated.

LHC Bar President Rana Zia Abdul Rehman stressed a substantive stance of Pakistan regarding its foreign policy towards occupied Kashmir.

“Muslims women are being disgraced and killed by Indian army but we have no clear-cut stance to present our case to the international community,” said Rehman while addressing a meeting held at LHCBA.

Hafiz Saeed also addressed the lawyers and said that America was backing Indian PM Modi to commit atrocities with Kashmiri people.