Altaf Hamid Rao,
MIRPUR (AJK): “The auspicious day of Eid ul Fitr reminds us that while celebrating the occasion with great fervour in the liberated territory, we must not forget our defenseless brethren on the other side of the Line of Control who continue to face the worst Indian repression, and we are to especially pray for their freedom from the Indian yoke,” said the Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan in a message on the eve of Eid ul Fitr falling on Wednesday – June 5 in the country including AJK.
He maintained that our real Eid will be on the day when our brethren will be celebrating the occasion in a free environment after freedom from the Indian clutches.
While extending Eid greetings to the Muslims of Pakistan and across the world on behalf of the people of both Azad Jammu & Kashmir and occupied Jammu & Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan regretted that our brethren on the other side of the Line of Control were celebrating this Muslim festival under the Indian guns.
The AJK President said in his message released to the media on Tuesday that in Azad Jammu Kashmir, we had observed fasts, offered worship and prayers in a free environment during the holy month of Ramadan, but this month proved highly painful for our brethren in occupied Kashmir and they had to face new tricks of Indian repression on a daily basis. The Indian forces had turned Ramadan into a bloody month for the Kashmiri people.
He condemned India and its occupation forces for holding the drama of temporary ceasefire during the month of Ramadan. Under the garb of the ceasefire, they had intensified the so-called siege and search operations and martyred scores of Kashmiri youth in fake encounters and left hundreds of others injured through the brute use of force, harassed women folk and cordoned off every small and big city to make the life of the common man miserable.
On this occasion, Sardar Masood Khan assured that the people of the held territory were not alone in their just struggle. “We fully share your pain, miseries, and wounds, and our sympathies are with you,” he underlined.
The AJK president expressed the confidence that occupied Kashmir will see the dawn of the day of freedom shortly, and the people of Jammu and Kashmir will get their fundamental right to self-determination, and will celebrate Id in an environment free of repression of occupation forces.
He assured that the Kashmiri people on his side of the Line of Control were the shoulder to shoulder with their brethren in their freedom struggle.