Special congregations at Pak foreign missions to express solidarity with Kashmiri people


Nation special report

LONDON: Following the instructions by the Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pakistani high commissions, embassies and consulates are holding special congregations on every Friday to show the integrity with the Kashmiri people.

The Friday Prayer sermons are focussed Kashmir situation and special prayers are held for Kashmiris for the success of their struggle for right of self-determination and to get freedom from India. The venues are opened for everyone and this facility is given to them to let them know about Kashmir and to watch the exhibition.

Last Friday (27th September), Pakistan High Commission, London and consulates in four cities in Britain expressed solidarity with the Kashmiris to remind the world of their ‘plight’. A large number of Pakistani community, friends of Pakistan from other communities and media representatives attended the gathering to show their sympathy and solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Addressing the congregation, the High Commissioner, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria apprised the audience of what he called the ongoing humanitarian crisis and 54 days of siege by the Indian occupation forces. He also shared a heart rending story received from ‘IOK’ of a lady who had lost her entire family due to starvation and torturous situation. He said this is the story of thousands over there. He also referred to a report of ordeal filed by some volunteer women, which reported that over 13000 young Kashmiris have been taken away mostly from their homes and their whereabouts remain unknown.

A collective pray (dua) was also offered for the Kashmiri Muslims. Speaking to the media persons on this occasion, the High Commissioner called upon the international community to play their role to end sufferings of the Kashmiri people. Responding to the media queries, he reflected on the Prime Minister’s activities to highlight the humanitarian crisis in IOK and galvanising support for the Kashmiris during his ongoing visit to the US.

On the occasion, the exhibitions were organised displaying photos depicting the prevailing situation in Jammu & Kashmir. The exhibitions are permanent feature and the people are coming to see them on special appeal by the high commissioner to countrymen to bring their non-Pakistani friends to show them these pictures.