Addressing the participants, Prof. Dr. Oya Akgönenç, a noted academic and former member of Turkish Parliament, stated that the world was saddened by the news of martyrdom of Burhan Wani. She condemned the use of brutal force by the Indian forces against the innocent Kashmiris who were protesting against the recent killing spree in Occupied Kashmir. “We condemn this lawlessness and unabated violence and harassment of innocent Kashmiris which is the violation of human rights and international law,” she added.
Mr. Muhammet Balta, Member of Turkish Parliament from
Trabzon and Chairman of
Turkey-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group, in his speech, said Turkey supports Pakistan’s stance since 1947. “On this ‘Black Day,’ Turkey once again renews the commitment to
support the resolution of Kashmir according to
the wishes of Kashmiri people,” Balta said. He also underlined the desire to
impart enhanced strength and vitality to close fraternal cooperation between Turkey and Pakistan in all fields.
Mr. Burhan Kayaturk, Member of Parliament from Van and Chairman of Turkey-Pakistan Cultural Association, said shaheed Burhan Wani was not a threat to humanity, but was the voice of young Kashmiris demanding the universally recognized right to self-determination as promised to them by
itself. Mr. Kayaturk called upon the United Nations to implement its
resolutions on Kashmir, which promised the
Kashmiri people to determine their future through a free and impartial
In his remarks on the occasion,
Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood highlighted the untold sufferings of the
Kashmiri people in the wake of excessive and indiscriminate use of force by the
occupying forces against women, children and elderly – resulting in the
martyrdom of nearly 50 Kashmiris, injuries to over 3,500, and permanent
blindness for over 70 youth. He added that the Kashmiris were being punished
for demanding their inalienable right to self-determination, which was promised
to them 70 years ago.
Ambassador Sohail expressed the hope that the international community would take cognizance of the grave human rights violations taking place against innocent, unarmed protestors in occupied
Kashmir, which had already been noted by the
UN Secretary General and the OIC and they had expressed their concern. Along
with taking steps to help address the current situation in occupied Kashmir, Ambassador
Sohail expressed the hope that the world community would also play its rightful
role in promoting a just, peaceful and durable solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the
Kashmiri people. The Ambassador also expressed sincere gratitude for the
unflinching support of the people and Government of Turkey for the cause of Kashmir.
The event concluded with the lighting of candles by all the participants, commemorating the Kashmiri martyrs and pledging abiding support for the just cause of the Kashmiri people.
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