Turkish and Pakistani artistes are ready to collaborate for the cause of Kashmir, to project Kashmiri voices in the world.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday said that the Kashmir story needs to be told to the world through innovative ways and the Kashmir Committee would work with Turkish and Pakistani artistes to project the case of Kashmir. Shehryar Afridi expressed these views while talking to eminent rights activist and author Turgay Evren here at the Parliament House. Eminent Kashmiri leader Altaf Bhat and APHC representative Khadim Hussain were also present on the occasion.
Afridi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Kashmir is core of Pakistan’s foreign policy and all avenues would be explored to project the case of Kashmir. Lauding the contribution of Turgay Evren for Kahsmir cause, Shehryar Afridi said that the Turkish artist had become a voice of the unheard Kashmiri people.
“Every Pakistani is in love with Turkey and its people. Every Pakistani household loves Turkey and its people,” said Afridi, adding that this bond between Turkey and Pakistanis dates back to pre-partition when Muslims of the subcontinent had waged a campaign named Khilafat Movement.
“Lala Peshawari got two ships of donations and contributions from Muslims of the subcontinent to Turkey. Many Muslims even left India to take part in the struggle for Ottomans,” he said.
Shehryar Afridi said the marginalised and oppressed people of Kashmir need support from Turkey.
“Turkey has raised Kashmir at all global forums. Plebiscite is a fundamental right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the world must give the Kashmiris their basic right,” he said. Turgay said that he had already composed songs for oppressed Palestinians, Yemenis and African people. He said his songs on Kashmir had been translated in English, Arabic, Turkish and other languages. “It is a matter of pride for me to visit the Kashmir Committee and the Parliament House which symbolise as voice of the people of Pakistan,” he added.
On the occasion, Shehryar Afridi presented a momento to Turgay Evren.