Principles & Law on the Side of the Kashmiris
Mowahid Hussain Shah, Advisor to the Chief Minister
of Punjab, now visiting United States, Wednesday
said “facts, principles and law” are on the
side of the Kashmir cause, and it was imperative
for the Pakistani community to reach out and
educate the people of the true nature of the
He referred to the
specific UN and UNSC resolutions calling for
plebiscite in Kashmir.
He was the keynote
speaker at a function held to observe ‘Kashmir
Black Day.’ It was organized by the Rising Leaders
of the National Pakistani Students’ Associations
(NPSAs), at the Pakistan Embassy.
Mr. Mowahid Shah
highlighted the spirit of “constant striving”
in “a logical manner,” which would certainly
culminate into success. “In fact, one day, it
would be a day of hope,” he said of the black
A special feature
of the function was a spectacular briefing by
Osman Ashai, a Kashmiri-American student; Hafsa
Kanjwal, another Kashmiri-American student;
and Hyder Syed, Co-Chair, NPSA. The three have
returned from a visit to held Kashmir.
The Kashmiris observe
black day every year to mark the event when
the Indian forces entered Srinagar on October
27, 1947. On both sides of the Line of Control,
massive strikes take place and life stops as
the Kashmiri people protest their occupation.
Mr. Mowahid said
it was important to look at Palestinian issue
for witnessing “similarities” in the Kashmir
struggle and the Palestinian dispute. He quoted
from history to highlight the issue of Kashmir.
It was late Nehru who had gone to the world
fraternity, assured the United Nations that
Kashmiris deserve right to self-determination,
but a fair and free plebiscite had been denied
to them, and excesses were committed against
innocent Kashmiri people, 90,000 of whom had
been killed from 1989 onwards, when the indigenous
uprising took a new turn.