MULTAN - Chairman Tehreek Hurriyat Conference Occupied Kashmir Syed Ali Geelani has said that grant of Most Favoured Nation status to India by Pakistan has stunned the Kashmiris.

Addressing the participants of a Kashmir Day gathering organised by Jamaatud Dawa on the phone here at Ghanta Ghar Chowk on Tuesday, the senior Kashmiri leader added that declaring India an MFN state was tantamount to committing treason with the Kashmiris and putting the Kashmir issue in backyard. He categorically declared that India could never become a friend of Pakistan as all of her policies were dedicated to harm Pakistan. He said that thousands of Kashmiris sacrificed their lives while over 12 million Kashmiris demanded liberation from India. "Now it is the moral responsibility of entire Muslim Ummah to support Kashmiris," he asserted. He said that 57 Muslim states existed on world map besides OIC and they all should play their role to get resolved Kashmir dispute. He regretted that no one said anything to India on the tyranny of her forces in Kapwara area of occupied Kashmir

He appealed to the leaders of Tehreek Taliban Pakistan to stop killing Pakistani citizens and forces. "It is imperative to highlight Kashmir issue at international level properly," he added. He said that the prevailing situation in Pakistan was highly perturbing for the Kashmiris and stability of this country was dearer to them than their lives.

He expressed his gratitude to the residents of Multan for coming out of their homes for Kashmir cause despite rainy weather.

Meanwhile, demanding liberation of Indian held Kashmir, the citizens marked Kashmir solidarity day (Youm-e-Yakjihati-e-Kashmir) with national fervour here on Tuesday.

The wheel kept rolling throughout the day and the shutters remained up as no strike was observed on this occasion.

Besides staging a sit in and protest demonstration, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists and children formed a human chain at Kalma Chowk to highlight the issue and awaken international conscience. The JI workers also burnt the mock coffins of India, Israel and USA wrapped in their flags at the Chowk.

Over a dozen rallies and demonstrations were held in Multan to mark the occasion as Jamaat-e-Islami Multan, Jamaatud Dawa, JUI, JUP, Jamaat-e-Islami Women Wing, Deep Welfare Organization, Muttahida Muslim Movement Market brought out separate rallies. The JI workers led by provincial leader Rao Zafar Iqbal and city ameer Rao Muhammad Zafar.

Addressing the rallies, the speakers said that Kashmir was lifeline of Pakistan as almost all rivers were coming from the valley. They regretted that former dictator Musharraf's U turn on Kashmir issue spoiled the sacrifices of five lakh Kashmiris while the policies of current government further added to their miseries. They pointed out that India established over 60 small and big dams on rivers in Kashmir and ceased water flow to Pakistan. They said that India also erected dams on rivers, which were owned by Pakistan under Indus Basin Water Treaty.

They pledged that their struggle would continue till liberation of Kashmir. They said that Pak-India relations could not improve till resolution of Kashmir issue. They demanded of the UN to take notice of human rights violations by the occupation forces of India in held Kashmir so that the poor Kashmiris could get out of 60-year long Indian oppression.

They said that the so-called flag bearers of peace were silent on Indian brutalities in Kashmir. They criticized world powers and said that the residents of Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechenia were badly suffering from invasion forces but they had closed their eyes.

They said that self-determination was basic right of Kashmiris and the issue should be resolved in light of UN resolutions. They urged upon international powers to shun their dual standards towards Muslims and play their role for settling international disputes including Kashmir. They said that it was the only way to turn the globe into a peaceful planet. The participants of all rallies were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans condemning Indian occupation.

They also carried out non-stop sloganeering against India and Pakistan government, calling for immediate settlement of the dispute.