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Kashmir liberation an ideological war, says Siraj

By our correspondents
August 01, 2016

LAHORE: A large number of people from the Punjab capital and surrounding areas joined the Kashmir Azadi march of the Jamaat-e-Islami to express their solidarity with the valiant Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination.

The march started from Nasser Bagh and concluded at Wagah where JI Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq addressed the gathering.Siraj-ul-Haq announced that August 15, the independence day of India, would be observed as black day throughout Pakistan. On that day, a march would be arranged from Muzaffarabad to Chikothi and would be declared that they did not accept the Line of Control and would pull it down in any case.

Speaking on the occasion, Senator Siraj-ul-Haq said that the liberation of Kashmir was not an economic, regional or ethnic issue, it was an ideological war and the Pakistanis would fight till the last drop of their blood.

He said that India had thrust three wars on Pakistan and had been carrying out a genocide of the Kashmiris for the last 70 years but the international forums were blind to that.Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed joined the Azadi march at its starting point. JI Punjab chief Mian Maqsood Ahmed, prominent Kashmir leader Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s Qari Muhammad Yaqub Sheikh and Maulana Fazlur Rahman Khalil also addressed the gathering.

Siraj-ul-Haq said that Pakistan was a nuclear power and the Pakistanis were a brave nation. He said India should realise that the Pakistanis had risen in support of the Kashmiris and they would make India pay for all her excesses in held Kashmir and India would have to pull out from the valley very soon.

The JI chief said that the Kashmiris were burying their martyrs in the Pakistani flags but the Pakistani rulers were still keen for friendship and trade with India. He sounded a note of warning to Indian home minister not to visit Pakistan as there won’t be anyone to welcome him. He said it was unfortunate that the country was not having a foreign minister for the last three years. He urged the prime minister to appoint a deputy foreign minister to deal with the atrocities of the Indian occupation forces in held Kashmir.

He also demanded that a relief fund be set up for the treatment of hundreds of Kashmiris wounded by the firing of occupation forces.Hizbul Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin, while speaking on the occasion, said that curfew had been clamped in held Kashmir for the last 23 days and the valley had turned into a volcano for India that could explode any time.

He said that the Indian Army had rendered blind hundreds of Kashmiris with the pellet guns and if prompt medical help was not provided to the affected, this would be a big tragedy.Kashmiri leader Ghulam Muhammad Safi, in his address, thanked the Pakistani nation and the JI chief for holding the Kashmir Azadi march. He said the march was a message for the Pakistani and Indian rulers that the talks of friendship were not acceptable in any case.