UNITED NATIONS, Feb 9, (APP) : Braving bitterly cold weather, a large number of people staged a rally in front of the U.N building in New York demanding the implementation of Security Council resolutions under the Kashmiri people are to exercise their right to self-determination. The rally was organized by the Kashmir Mission, USA, which is headed by Capt. (rtd) Shaheen Butt, to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day. A large cross-section of the Pakistani and Kashmiri Diaspora in New York and surrounding areas participated. The demonstrators carried anti-India placards and raised slogans calling for the freedom of Kashmiri people from India’s yoke. “Self-determination our birth right,” they shouted.
Wrapped up in woolies, speakers at the rally denounced India for thebrutalities let loose on the Kashmiri people since its occupation of the state more than six decades ago.
They called on the United Nations and the international community topressurise India into ending its repression of Kashmiri people and honour its pledge to allow a U.N sponsored plebiscite in Kashmir to determine their wishes.
In his speech, Capt. (rtd) Shaheen Butt urged Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonto take practical to implement the UN resolutions on Kashmir in the interest of peace and stability in South Asia,
Sardar Imtiaz Khan, a Kashmiri activist, demanded that India’s membership of the United Nations should be suspended because New Dehli was in violation of the world body’s mandatory reslutions.
Other speakers included Sardar Mohammad Taj Khan, Chaudhry Ghulam Jilani and Afzal Butt.