MUSLIM Institute organized Kashmir Solidarity Walk on Friday, February 5, 2021, from China Chowk, Blue Area to National Press Club, Islamabad. Purpose of the walk was to raise voice against the brutalities and gross human rights violations by Indian occupying forces in Jammu & Kashmir. The Solidarity Walk aimed at condemnation of state terrorism by India in Kashmir, supporting freedom struggle of Kashmiris, expressing solidarity with them, urging the international community to play its due role and fulfil its pledges made with Kashmiri people and especially illegal demographic changes by India in occupied Jammu and Kashmir to suppress the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people. Moreover, placards highlighted the long awaited as well as necessitated role of the United Nations Security Council to stop the violence and brutality in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Banners also highlighted the need of intervention by the international community to resolve Kashmir issue through the practice of the right of self-determination as promised by numerous UNSC resolutions. In addition to Kashmir, the participants were also carrying banners and placards in favour of freedom movement of Junagadh, Khalistan, Manipur and Nagaland. Amongst distinguished speakers were Dewan of Junagadh State and Chairman MUSLIM Institute H E Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, Chairman Committee on Defence Production Senate of Pakistan Senator Let Gen Abdul Qayyum (Retd), Defense Analyst Brig Asif Haroon Raja (Retd), Former Minister Azad Jammu & Kashmir Ms. Farzana Yaqoob, Former Convenor APHC Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Safi, President Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) Mr. Muhammad Tahir Tabassum, Director Center for Islam and Decoloniality Dr. Junaid S. Ahmad, Women Rights Activist Ms. Shameem Shaal and Human Rights Activist Mr. Abdul Hamid Lone. Public Relations Officer MUSLIM Institute Mr. Asif Tanveer Awan moderated the session. A large number of people from civil society, social and political personalities, university teachers and students, lawyers, journalists and individuals from different walks of life participated in the walk.
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