Youme-Estehsaal-e-Kashmir observed in Jeddah
JEDDAH: The Consulate General of Pakistan organised an event to observe Youm-e-Estehsaal-e-Kashmir.
Prominent members of the Pakistani/Kashmiri community, representatives of the ethnic and Arab media attended the event. The event started with reading out of special messages of President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Key speakers included former Saudi defence attaché to Pakistan Abdullah Al Ghamdi, Brig Gen Mohammad Hassan Kamili (Retd), chairman of the Kashmir Committee, Masood Puri, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir overseas community, Chaudhry Khurshid Matial and Dr Rasikh Al Kashmiri, besides the consul general.
In addition, recorded messages by former Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Dr Ali Awadh Aseeri and Saudi veteran diplomat and scholar Dr Ali Al Ghamdi were displayed to the audience.
The speakers highlighted the significance of the day; condemned the brutalities of the Indian forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), particularly post-August 5, 2019.
They also paid homage to the sacrifices of Kashmiris against the Indian oppression and underlined that Pakistan will never withdraw from its principled stance on the IIOJK and reiterated moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination, as promised by the international community through the successive UN Security Council resolutions.
The speakers also acknowledged and lauded the consistent support to the Kashmir cause by the Saudi government and the Organisation of Islamic Conference.
A brief documentary on the current situation in IIOJK was also screened during the event.
A new book on Kashmir in Arabic titled: “Kashmir: Haqaiq wa Arqam” and an Arabic website Pakistan Al-Yauom by Dr Rasikh Al-Kashmiri, a renowned Pakistani research scholar based in Madinah were also launched.
The event concluded with the collective prayer for the success of Kashmiris’ struggle for their legitimate right to self-determination.
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