LAHORE - Pakistan should not get back from its principle stance on Kashmir Issue as Kashmir is an integral part and jugular vein of our country.

This was the upshot of the speakers at a conference titled “Kashmir: the Story of Struggle.” The conference was organised by the Punjab University Political Science Department (PSD) and Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) here on Wednesday which was presided over by Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran. Pakistan Former Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmad Khan, Former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sultan Mehmood, Kashmiri Leader Yaseen Malik, the PSD Chairperson and Director CSAS Prof Dr Umbreen Javed also spoke on the occasion.

Yasin Malik said that the struggle of Kashmiri people could not be suppressed by power. He said that Kashmir would get independence and Pakistani youth should come forward to raise voice in favour of innocent Kashmiris. He said that they supported the Kashmir independence. He said the Kashmiris must be given representation in dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir issue. He urged Pakistani rulers to take notice of the issue that one Kashmiri was taken to the gallows and thirty two Kashmiris were sentenced to death during its past three years. He urged the Pakistani rulers, journalists, analysts, youth and others to join hands for Kashmir freedom.

Barrister Sultan Mehmood said that resolution of Afghan issue was not possible without resolving Kashmir issue. He appealed to the international community to make India realised the Kashmir issue. He urged all the political parties to adopt a common stance on Kashmir. Shamshad Ahmed said that some opportunist were responsible for creating doubts on Kashmir issue. He told the students that our jugular vein was in the hands of our enemies and they must make efforts for its freedom. He urged the youth to play their role for prevention of Indian violence in Kashmir. Dr Umbreen Javed said, “We should point out that where was our fault while dealing Kashmir issue by facing the reality.”

Rs50 million recovered from Lesco defaulters: The Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) has made a recovery of around Rs50 million from different defaulters in Samanabad division of the company.

The division in-charge Additional SE Anwar Qaseem said the recovery had been made from Wasa, Civil Secretariat, MAO College Lady Maclagan College, Election Commission and from other government and private sector departments in Prem Nagar, Islampura, Ittehad Colony and Samanabad areas.

Qaseem asked the defaulters to pay their bills to avoid disconnection of their electricity supply.