Islamabad, Parliament Times) : Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has urged the youth to reach out to their peers around the world and effectively highlight the Kashmir issue to garner global support for the just cause of the Kashmiri people. He said that our youth is the future of the country and they should utilise their strengths in making Pakistan a strong nation. He added that in the coming decades we must strive to make Pakistan the top 10 economies of the world.
The President made these remarks while speaking to members of a delegation representing Global Youth Association (GYA), belonging to leading universities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The delegation was led by Mr. Kashif Zaheer Kamboh, Chairman GYA and Ms. Maria Mahtab, Central Female Lead GYA. Also present were Mr. Abdul Qadeer President GYA; and Mr. Muhammad Mukarram, Vice President GYA, among others.
Mr. Kamboh while apprising the President AJK about the various activities of GYA, said that their organisation is working closely with the youth and is engaging the general public and international civil society on the issue of Kashmir. He said that since the formation of GYA, they have held numerous workshops, conferences and seminars on Kashmir in universities throughout Pakistan.
Chairman GYA informed that they have been collaborating with youth organisations in Bangladesh to promote the true narrative on Kashmir. He said that due to their efforts, the media in Bangladesh had also published stories and articles on the factual situation in Kashmir. He also informed that they have prepared a database of leading political leaders and academics residing in OIC countries. He said that relevant information in connection to Kashmir and even the new map of Pakistan has been shared with the request that this information may be shared with their peers around the globe.
The AJK President commended the efforts and initiatives of GYA for sharply focusing on the Kashmir issue. He said that GYA is one of the few organisations working towards building a global network and is helping shape the narrative of Kashmir by engaging opinion-makers and persons of influence. He said that working closely with their peers in Bangladesh will not only help in sensitising the people on Kashmir but will also bring the peoples of the two countries closer to each other.
Masood Khan said that Pakistan as a state is incomplete without Kashmir and the occupation of one part of Jammu and Kashmir is itself a declaration of war on Pakistan by India. He said that grave human rights violations are taking place in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and it is our core responsibility to liberate our brothers and sisters from the illegal occupation of India. “India has vowed to disintegrate Pakistan. We will unite and face this threat as one nation”, he said.
The President urged the youth to remain motivated and help economically make Pakistan stronger. He said that we should aim for excellence in our endeavours. He added that by following the teaching of the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) we should strive towards character building and inculcating traits like honesty, sincerity and tolerance. “Be honest, passionate and sincere in your dealings. This is what our religion teaches us”, he advised.
The delegation also invited the President to an interfaith harmony and peace conference, soon to be organised by GYA.