MIRPUR (AJK)

Preparations have been started by Kashmiris including local legal fraternity to stage “Million March” in British capital city London on October 26 to highlight the importance of early settlement of Kashmir issue besides apprising the international community of the worst human rights abuses through state-terrorism unleashed by the Indian occupied forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

This was stated by former AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry while addressing members of the District Bar Association at DBA here the other day. The ceremony was hosted and chaired by DBA President Khalid Rasheed Chaudhry. DBA Secretary General Shabir Shareef and Shamiala Barkat also addressed the ceremony.

The gathering paid rich tribute to Barrister Sultan Mahmood for raising the Kashmir issue in an effective manner to invite the world’s attention towards importance of early settlement of Kashmir issue. The meeting also passed a resolution unanimously, stressing the need for attending the million march in large numbers.

In his speech, the DBA president lambasted AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed-led government for adopting a step-motherly attitude towards the local legal community.

The call for the million march has been given by veteran Kashmiri leader and former Prime Minister of AJK Barrister Sultan Mahmood Ch to sensitise the world community to the inordinate delay in peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict following the traditional stubborn and hostile attitude of India. DBA President Khalid Rashed also announced attending the scheduled “Million March” along with hundreds of professional colleagues from Mirpur and rest of AJK.

Unveiling schedule of “Million March, Barrister Sultan said that over two million UK-based Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates as well as Kashmiris living across the EU, the US AJK and IOK would join the million march in front of the British Parliament in London on October 26.

He declared that he enjoyed full support of all political parties of the AJK besides the like-minded political parties of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir as well as members of British and European Parliament.

He declared that the marchers would parade the traditional route from British Parliament to 10-Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister.

Barrister Sultan continued that the scheduled march would be a milestone in the history of Kashmir Freedom struggle since Kashmiris from across the world would chant freedom in unison irrespective of their ideologies and party affiliations. He said that Jammu & Kashmir was not a territorial dispute between the two countries rather it involved the life and death of over 18 million people of Jammu & Kashmir.

On the occasion, the former AJK PM announced Rs1.5 million for the development of DBA complex on behalf of the AJK Council.

Speaking on this occasion, DBA President Khalid Rashid called upon India to immediately move for granting Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination under the spirit of the UN resolutions in response to the persistent offer by Pakistan.

He appealed to the leaders of all Kashmiri political parties and the civil society to participate in large number in the march without any prejudice to show Kashmiris unity and solidarity to the international community on the focal point of their right to self-determination, which, he added, India was denying since the past 67 years at the might of her military power.

The DBA chief said that time had come for people of Jammu & Kashmir to rally round a flag to accelerate the struggle for the achievement of their birth right to self-determination through raising the Kashmir issue at international front to muster maximum sympathies of the comity of nations for early settlement of the lingering conflict.