MIRPUR (AJK) -  Rich tributes were paid to the hero of Kashmir freedom movement Ghulam Abbas on his 50th death anniversary observed on Monday in various parts of AJK and rest of the world.

Jammu & Kashmir people dwelling either side of the line of control and rest of the world especially activists of All Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference observed the 50th death anniversary of the first Supreme head of Azad Jammu Kashmir government Quaid-i-Kashmir Raeesul Ahrar Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas with full respect and honour.

They renewed the pledge to continue the mission of the departed Kashmiri leader till the liberation of the occupied part of the Jammu Kashmir state from Indian subjugation and materialise the dream of accession of entire Jammu Kashmir state to Pakistan.

It was the official holidary throughout AJK on Monday to facilitate the people to participate in the programmes held to mark the death anniversary of the departed Kashmiri leader. The day is observed every year as state holiday throughout Azad Jammu &  Kashmir on the occasion.

Quran Khawani was held in various parts of AJK territory, occupied state and various parts of Pakistan for the departed soul.  Special meetings were held at almost all AJK districts including Mirpur, Kotli, Muzaffarabad, Bhimber, Bagh, Sudhanoti and Rawalakot.

Addressing the special gatherings, speakers paid rich tributes to the founder leader of the Kashmir freedom movement coupled with renewal of the pledge and determination to follow his footprints  for the completion of his mission.

In Mirpur, a prayer meeting was held to pray for the rest of the departed soul in eternal peace. The speakers including the local Muslim Conference leader Shakoor Mughal and others vowed to continue the mission of late Ch Ghulam Abbas to get occupied land of Jammu & Kashmir from Indian clutches and translate the idea of accession of entire Jammu Kashmir state to Pakistan in to reality.

The major ceremony to observe the day was  held at the mausoleum of late Ch Ghulam Abbas at Faizabad Rawalpindi under the auspices of Azad Jammu Kashmir government and the  Muslim Conference.

Pakistan, the speakers continued, is incomplete without its jugular vein-Kashmir. They said that the mission of the pioneers of the Kashmir freedom movement could be translated into reality only if we sincerely act upon their sayings and footprints with a fresh and renewed determination.

They called for early settlement of the Kashmir problem in line with the aspirations of the Jammu & Kashmir people and to ensure the emergence of ever-lasting and durable peace in South Asia.

They vehemently condemned the continued New Delhi-sponsored state terrorism against the innocent Kashmiris in Indian-occupied Jammu Kashmir. They called upon the world community especially the super forces and international forums to immediately intervene to get the Indian state terrorism stopped in occupied Jammu Kashmir and to ensure the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue through the tripartite dialogue among India, Pakistan and true leadership of Jammu & Kashmir for its solution.

A large number of people including the Muslim Conference activists from various parts of Azad Jammu &  Kashmir and Pakistan visited the mausoleum of late Ch Ghulam Abbas in Rawalpindi and offered  fateha for the departed soul.