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Senator Mushahid Hussain, AJK President pay tributes to late Ashraf Sehrai

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Mushahid Hussain Sayed paid a tribute to the late Ashraf Sehrai who passed away on 5 May 2021 after a decades-long struggle for Kashmir’s freedom movement.

Sehrai was the Chairman of the Tehreek e Hurriyat and was aged 77 at his passing.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that Ashraf Sehrai Saheed was an icon of the Kashmiri people’s heroic resistance to the brutal Indian occupation. “A loyal aide of Occupied Kashmir’s great freedom fighter, Syed Ali Geelani sahib; his custodial death follows martyrdom of his Junaid Sehrai in May 2019 fighting for freedom,” he said.

Speaking exclusively to The Pakistan Daily, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: “There can be no compromise on the Kashmiri people’s right to determine their destiny. We reject India’s ‘Might is Right’ mindset. History teaches us that actually, ‘Right is Might’, and the example of the US defeat in Afghanistan exemplifies this fundamental lesson.”

He also spoke about how Junaid Sehrai (Ashraf Sehrai’s son) was only 26 years old when he was martyred, similar to another young youth Icon, Burhan Wani who lost his life at the hands of the Indian Occupation Army at the tender age of 21.

The President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan also expressed sorrow over the demise of Ashraf Sehrai.

Sardar Masood Khan highlighted the unflinching determination of Sehrai towards the Kashmiri cause.

The AJK President assured the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir that the AJK government would address the issue of illegally detained Kashmiri leaders at all international forums including the United Nations, European Parliament and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

AJK President, Sardar Masood Khan also appealed to the UN to take strong steps to help the people of the occupied valley, who continue to face an “existential threat” ever since the Indian government abrogated Article 370 and 35-A and stripped away the rights of IIOJK.

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed issued three recommendations to the Pakistani government in regards to Kashmir.

1-) To send the letters to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights; Amnesty International and United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings to intervene and persuade Indian to release all political prisoners in IIOJK in view of the latest wave of Covid-19 pandemic which has spread all over India.

2-) The Government of Pakistan should establish Shaheed Ashraf Sehrai Chair on Human Rights at one of the renowned universities of Pakistan or think tanks in Pakistan.

3-) Pakistan should send critical healthcare supplies to IIOJK.

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