Updated: August 18, 2015 4:27:31 am
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Syeda Aasiya Andrabi was not the only separatist leader from Kashmir to address the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) rally in Pakistan on August 14, the neighbouring country’s independence day.
Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, too, addressed the rally over phone from Srinagar. Geelani, who is under house detention, told the gathering that Pakistan is facing an “existential war”. “Pakistan has been a victim of one of the worst kinds of terrorism. I sincerely pray that Allah grants success to the people of Pakistan in dealing with their problems,” he said.
“The fuelling of sectarian conflicts between Sunnis & Shias (in Pakistan) is a conspiracy hatched to defame Pakistan before the world,” he added.
Andrabi, who has been booked for hoisting Pakistani flags in Kashmir on August 14, had said in her address, “Pakistan is not complete yet” and that Pakistan should try to free Kashmir. “Today, you are celebrating the Independence Day of Pakistan, but the idea of Pakistan is not complete yet,” she had said, adding, “The dream of a complete Pakistan has not been fulfilled yet because Jammu and Kashmir is separate from Pakistan”.
Referring to JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Andrabi had said the “scholars of Mujahideen” have an important role in freeing Kashmir from India. She had also asked Pakistan not to engage with India without the Kashmir issue being on the table.
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