Islamabad, (Parliament Times): Eminent Turkish Songwriter and Poet Turgay Evren officially released a special song in the memory of IIOJK leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani reflecting his lifelong services for the Kashmir cause here in National Press Club (NPC) Islamabad today.
The event was presided over by former Chairman Public Accounts Committee AJK Abdul Rasheed Turabi, hosted by Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Salvation Movement Altaf Ahmed Bhat. While prominent Journalist and Former President PFUJ performed the duties of stage secretary.
Speaking on the occasion, former chairman Public Accounts Committee AJK Abdul Rashid Turabi said that Pak-Turk friendship is everlasting and the Turkish government and people have raised their voice at every level to give Kashmiris the right to self-determination.
He added that, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised his voice on the Kashmir issue for which we are grateful to him. The people of Kashmir are very grateful to the Turkish poet Turgay Evren.
Chairman JKSM Altaf Ahmed Bhat said that the song written by Turgay Evren in tribute to Shaheed Syed Ali Gilani is very encouraging for Kashmiris living in IIOJ&K and all around the world.
While the world will be aware of the ugly face of India and the atrocities committed on Kashmiris through this song, we need to do follow-up stories regarding the atrocities and barbarism in Kashmiris. Bhat added.
In the form of his songs, Turgay Evern highlighted the oppression of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian Occupation Forces in the world.
There is no precedent in the world today for this song to be so popular all over the world.
Altaf Ahmed Bhat reiterated that, We all need to speak together about the incidents that took place in Occupied Kashmir 10 days ago. Journalists should tell the world about Burhan Wani, Neelofer, Asiya Andrabi, Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah in their columns and Stories.
Chairman JKSM added that, NPC has played its role as Base Camp for Kashmir Freedom Movement, Be it the martyrdom of Burhan Wani or the events of 2019, the National Press Club (NPC) played its role for Kashmir on every front and also told the government that we need to compete with India.
Turkish poet Turgay Evren speaking on the occasion said that no human being can see the atrocities taking place in Kashmir as unarmed Kashmiris are being persecuted there. Innocent Kashmiris are being martyred through fake encounters, women are forced to live as half widows. Innocent children and unarmed Kashmiris have been blinded by the use of pellet guns. Kashmiri mothers are our mothers, Kashmiri sisters are our sisters, all of you be the voice for Kashmir, if the human intention is strong then everything is possible.
We need more unity. Martyr Syed Ali Gilani fought for Kashmir till the age of 92 while even after his martyrdom India was terrified. These are our heroes who have spent most of their lives fighting for Kashmir in jail. He added.
At the end of the ceremony, former President PFUJ Afzal Butt, President National Press Club Shakeel Anjum, Secretary Press Club Anwar Raza and other journalists presented special shields to the guests. While Altaf Ahmed Bhat and other Hurriyat leaders also presented shields to the guests.
Leader of Hurriyat Conference Sheikh Abdul Matin, Dr Waleed Rasool, Raja Shaheen, Shafiq Butt, Engineer Mushtaq, Malik Yusuf Awan, Syed Naqeer Ahmad Shah, Major Qayyum, Saeed Baig, Senior Journalist Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar, Senior Columnist and Journalist Aqeel Ahmad Tareen were present on the occasion. Bashir Usmani, Shakeel Anjum, Anwar Raza, Engineer Hamad Mir, Ehtesham Mir, Rana Kausar Ali, Nawabzada Khurshid, Jafar Balti, Aun Shirazi, Kashif Mir, Atif Bukhari, Qari Amjad-ul-Islam and many others were present on the occasion.