ISLAMABAD: After a long time, a pro-Jihad rally was held in the federal capital which was participated by the top leadership of rightist parties along with a representation from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday.
Tehrik Azadi-i-Kashmir (TAK), an organisation launched by Jamaatud Dawa Pakistan, organised the gathering titled: ‘National Kashmir Conference’ at Aabpara after culmination of a three-day Azadi-i-Kashmir Karvan’ that started from Mirpur in Azad Kashmir and after passing through Kotli, Bagh and Muzafarabad culminated here.
Speaking on the occasion, Tehrik chairman Hafiz Saifullah Mansoor drew the attention of the world towards the situation in Kashmir and said there had to be a reason why the general public had taken to the streets in Kashmir.
“How can we turn a blind eye to such a situation where innocent people are bleeding at the hands of
strong and well-equipped forces?”
The rally was held to mobilise the masses and create awareness about the atrocities being faced by the Kashmiris.
Apart from PML-N spokesman Siddiqul Farooque, most of the occupants of the stage belonged to religious rightist groups including Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan, Maulana Samiul Haq, the chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, and representatives of All Parties Huryyiet Conference (APHC).
Amid high pitched pro-Jehad slogans, leader of Tehrik-i-Azadi, J&K chapter, Abdur Rehman Makki warned India to respect the rights of Kashmiris.
“If they did not resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully, we are left with no other option but to take the course of Jehad,” he said.
The speakers also took oath from the participants of the gathering to rise for the solidarity with the people of Kashmir.
While Maulana Samiul Haq called for Jehad saying it was the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue, saner speeches were delivered by the Jamaat-i-Islami and PML-N leaders.
Talking to Dawn, Siddiqul Farooq said his participation was not to strengthen the idea of Jehad for resolution of Kashmir issue.
“PML-N believes in peaceful struggle for the resolution of Kashmir issue and we were here to express solidarity with the rightful struggle of Kashmiris.”
The JI leader, however, criticised the government and accused the country’s leadership of speaking in the tone of Indian government.
The conference adopted resolutions demanding the government of Pakistan to call an all parties conference for devising a national policy that could play a role in ending atrocities in Kashmir.