MUZAFFARABAD, (Parliament Times) : Former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir and President of PTI Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry expressed his views while addressing the swearing in ceremony of newly elected officials and members of the working committee of Azad Kashmir Central Union of Journalists, Muzaffarabad District as the chief guest. He said he had set up a Press Foundation during his tenure and at that time he had given a fund of Rupees 1 million. But unfortunately, the governments did not pay any attention to it and the one million rupees which was given as Token Money is still in it today. But, If PTI Kashmir will come to power, it will definitely take practical steps for the welfare of the journalists and the press foundation will be reactivated properly so that the problems of the journalists can be solved on priority basis. He said 10 February was the anniversary of Afzal Groove while 11 February is the anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed. The people of Occupied Kashmir are sacrificing their lives to save the Kashmir Independence Movement with their blood. He said I did million march for myself, from Trafalgar Square in London to Ten Downing Street in 2014, in front of the United Nations in New York in 2015 and in front of the European Union and the European Parliament in Brussels in Belgium in 2016. Millions marched in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, in 2017, and millions marched on the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany in 2018. He said now the time is near when the LOC will be broken like the Berlin Wall, the Kashmiris from both sides of Jammu and Kashmir will march towards the LOC and trample the LOC just as the Germans marched from both sides and covered the Berlin Wall.
He said Imran Khan is the first Prime Minister who has made it clear for the perfect unity of Kashmiri leadership and independence of Kashmir that we are ready to meet people of all ideologies in the state, listen to them and follow their opinion, Prime Minister Imran Khan Not only Azad Kashmir but also the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are very happy with Khan’s transparent stance. He sais this time the Pakistani flag was hoisted at Srinagar Lal Chowk on 5 February and all Kashmiris in the outside world are expressing their happiness. He said now we can all unite and raise our voice for the Kashmir cause abroad and move the Kashmir cause forward faster.
The working committee took oath of office from Haroon Qureshi, Maqbool Awan and Qazi Abdul Bari in which Former Minister Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, Dewan Ali Khan Chughtai, Former Member Assembly Gulzar Fatima, Shahida Naqvi, Shazia Kayani Advocate, Mir Atiq-ur-Rehman, Khawaja Shafiq, Ansar Pirzada, Pir Syed Azhar Gilani and former Presidents Press Club Tariq Naqash, Sohail Mughal were present on the occasion. , Senior Journalist Imtiaz Awan, Basharat Mughal, Farooq Mughal, Abdul Waheed Kayani, Javed Iqbal Hashmi, Former General Secretary of AKNS Khawaja Sarfraz, Shehzad Lolabi, Zaheer Jagwal, MD Mughal, Naveed Awan, Taqi Al Hassan, Gulshad Butt, Raja Basharat, Mir Imtiaz, President Garhi Dupatta Press Club Mirza Akhtar Iqbal, Haji Pervez Akhtar, Major (retd) Rafiq Awan, Raja Naveed Mushtaq, Ashiq Butt, Muhammad Younis Mir, Uzair Ghazali, Mushtaqul Islam, Iqbal Yaseen Awan, Syed Fayyaz Shah Senior journalists including Riaz Awan, Nasir Shah, Chaudhry Munir, Sardar Naseem and members of CUJ participated. Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry called on the newly elected President Gulzar Ahmad Usmani, Senior Vice President Mirza Shehzad, Vice President Akhtar Bukhari, General Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Additional General Secretary Chaudhry Imtiaz, Joint Secretary Javed Abbasi, Finance Secretary Akhlaq Bukhari, Information Secretary Akmal Raja and members.
Later on, Tahir Farooqi, Gulzar Usmani, Mohammad Iqbal Mir, Ghulam Raza Kazmi welcomed the guests and said in their speeches that it is the duty of all including journalists to respect the dignity of all political leadership and schools of thought. The demands of all political elites on national public issues, including the Kashmir cause, will always play a role in strengthening their voices.