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Pakistan ‘centre of hope’ for Muslim Ummah: Geelani 

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Srinagar, Mar 23: Hurriyat-M chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday termed Pakistan as “centre of hope of Muslim Ummah” and said that the country was a “great blessing for Muslims”.

In a statement issued here, while greeting the Pakistan government, Pakistan Army and the people of Pakistan on the Pakistan Day, Hurriyat patriarch said that the country has a political importance in the Muslim world and this country is “centre of hope not only for the sub-continent but for the whole Muslim Ummah”.

A Hurriyat-G statement issued here today said Deputy High Commissioner Pakistan in India telephoned Syed Ali Geelani and extended the invitation for participation on Pakistan Day, “however Geelani while extending his greeting replied that he can’t attend because of health issues.”

Geelani said that “unparalleled sacrifices were presented for its creation and Pakistan has proven to be a great blessing for the Muslims and we should thank Almighty Allah for that.”

He said that the “blessing day” of 23 March is such an important day when a resolution was passed for creation of separate nation for the Muslims some 77 years back and “it is a dream realized when forces like ‘Sangh Pariwar’ were opposing and spreading their venomous dogma against its creation.”

He said the creation of Pakistan has changed the discourse of history. “This is the only Muslim country in the world which openly supports the right to self-determination of Kashmiris and helps them on political, diplomatic and moral levels,” he said.

“It was the time when this kind of thinking was considered as impossible and the fanatic communal forces were harshly opposing this move but the determination of the leadership succeeded in creation of a paradise-like resort for those aspiring to see their dream come true,” the statement quoted Geelani as saying.

Hailing Pakistan for its “unflinching support to Kashmir cause”, Geelani said that Pakistan has been established on ideology instead of geography and every Pakistani should realize their duty to safeguard its fundamentals and ideology.

“This is the reason that people of Kashmir are extremely thankful to them and that they love and pray for its prosperity,” Geelani said while urging the Pakistan rulers to activate its embassies all over the world and “apprise world about this issue and people facing the atrocities from government forces.”

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