Altaf Hamid Rao
MIRPUR (AJK):(Parliament Times) The 30th death anniversary of former President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and eminent leader of Kashmir freedom struggle late K.H. Khrsheed was observed across Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Sunday with due solemnity & reverence with the renewal of the pledge to continue the mission of the departed leader to bring the Kashmir freedom movement to its logical end.
The inaugural ceremony to pay rich tributes to the departed Kashmir leader for his unprecedented services to Kashmir cause was held in a local hotel in Mirpur under the auspices of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League. Central President of the JKLL and retired Chief Justice of AJK High Court Justice (Ret) Abdul Majeed Mallick was the chief guest on this occasion.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony the JKLL Supremo Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick, , emphasized upon Pakistan to immediately take up Kashmir issue in the United Nations Security Council for ensuring the settlement of Kashmir issue without further delay. He added that the UN SC is the only authentic forum that can play vital role in resolving the lingering dispute through the implementation of relevant UN resolutions on Kashmir.
Justice (Retd) Mallick said that best way to pay rich tributes to late K.H.Khursheed was to carry forward his ideology which was based on the freedom and sovereignty of the people of Jammu & Kashmir through the achievement of their legitimate right to self determination acknowledged by the international community through the UN resolutions. He said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir shall have to support and continue the ideology and mission of late K.H.Khursheed in all circumstances to make the Kashmir freedom movement complete success.
The JKLL President underlined that because of the hostile and delaying tactics of India, the bilateralism has failed to resolve the Kashmir issue through talks between India and Pakistan, the issue of Jammu & Kashmir issue should be settled in line with the recognized United Nations which clearly spoke of the early grant of the birth right of self determination to Jammu Kashmir people. He said that late K.H.Khurshid, also had rendered great services for the cause of Kashmiris struggle for liberation of the motherland from the Indian yoke.
Lauding sacrifices of people of IHK speakers said that it was the result of the sacrifices of over 1.25 lakh Kashmiri martyrs that Kashmir emerged as the flash point and the freedom-loving and civilized world community were pressing for the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir problem.
They called upon both India and Pakistan to immediately move for the settlement of Kashmir issue in line with the wishes of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, major party to the dispute, in order to ensure the establishment of everlasting peace in South Asia in particularly and the world-over in general. They added that international community had admitted the fact that early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue was basically key to everlasting peace in the region.
The participants offered fateha for the departed soul of K.H.Khurshid and other martyrs of Jammu & Kashmir besides praying for the early success of Kashmir freedom movement.
Besides the JKLL President Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick, President PPP (Shaheed Bhutto) AJK Chapter Ch. Munir Hussain Advocate, VP JKLL Ch. Shoukat Mahmood Advocate, ex member AJK Council and Sr. Vice President JKLL Ch. Muhammad Suleman Advocate, Riaz Naveed Butt Advocate, Shahid Majeed Mallick Advocate, Senior Kashmiri journalist Altaf Hamid Rao, Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Commission Humayoon Zaman Mirza, JKLL leader Tariq Mahmood, Khawaja Khalil Ahmed, Abdul Rasheed Katil and others paid rich tributes to the departed Kashmiri leader for his long meritorious services for the Kashmir cause and for managing the grand of due constitutional and democratic rights to the people of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
Eminent leaders of the UK based Kashmiri Diaspora including first Kashmir-origin Lord Mayor of British City of Bradford Choudhry Ajeeb, ex Chief Executive of Bhirmingham City Council Dr. Khursheed Ahmed, and hundreds of other dignitaries including the JKLL activists from across AJK attended the ceremony.
Meanwhile, in Muzaffarabad , major function to mark the death anniversary of Khursheed Hassan Khursheed was held at his mausoleum in the state’s metropolis Sunday morning where Quran Khawani was held besides a special function at central press club to pay glorious tributes to the departed Kashmiri leader.
Participants from across AJK and various parts of Pakistan visited the mazar to offer for the departed soul and other martyrs of Jammu & Kashmir besides praying for the early success of Kashmir freedom struggle and for the solidarity, stability, prosperity and uplift of Pakistan.
Contingents of the JKLL leaders and workers as well as several other party activists and members of all segments of the civil society from various parts of AJK attended the concluding ceremony of the death anniversary at the mausoleum of late K.H. Khursheed and placed floral wreath and offer fateha for the departed soul.