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Remembering the founding fathers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

// Muzaffarabad (IoK News) :

The arrangements for a remembrance seminar to be organized by the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of the 74th founding day of liberated part of the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir have been finalized.

74th Founding Day of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

The Radio Pakistan broadcasted on Saturday that the 74th Founding Day of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will be celebrated on Sunday with a renewed pledge to continue the struggle until the liberation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and accession of the whole territory to Pakistan.

The tomb of founder President of AJ& K, Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan (late) at Kot Matte Khan, Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir. He led the revolt of 1947 and liberated present day Azad Kashmir from Dogra forces.

It will be a public holiday throughout the state. The day will dawn with 21 guns saluting in the state capital Muzaffarabad.

Sardar Ibrahim Khan- ‘Bani-e-Kashmir’ (founder of liberated Kashmir).

The Founding Day is celebrated in commemoration of freedom from the Dogra regime on in 1947. On 24 Oct 1947, Sardar Ibrahim Khan declared Bhimber, Kotli, Mirpur & Muzaffarabad independent as ‘Azad Kashmir’ and himself came to be known as ‘Bani-e-Kashmir’ (founder of liberated Kashmir).

Gilgit, Hunza and Nagar acceded to Pakistan

After the collapse of dogra rule in above mentioned areas of the state, On 04 Nov 1947, Pakistani flag was hoisted by Maj William Brown at the Gilgit Scouts lines & Peshawar was informed of Gilgit’s accession to Pakistan along with principalities of Hunza & Nagar.

Maj William Brown -the Gilgit Scouts

Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan- Founder and the first president of the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan-Mujahid-i-Awwal (the first freedom fighter)

Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan started armed struggle against the rulers from the hilltops of Neela Butt. It’s a popular belief that Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan fired the first gunshot.

Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan- Former President and Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir

This day was celebrated by the followers of the Mujahid-i-Awwal (the first freedom fighter) as he was popularly known, commemorating his bravery.

Ghazi Millat was the cause of the revolutionary government formed under the leadership of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan.

Prominent leaders will address the seminar

According to a spokesman of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, Chairman Kashmir Committee Shehryar Khan Afridi, former President Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, former Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider, Leader of the Muslim Conference, and former Prime Minister, Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Chaudhry Latif Akbar and others will address the seminar.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, Executive Director of Iqbal Institute of Research and Dialogue Islamabad Dr. Hassan Al-Amin, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi and other speakers will also address the event.

The Registrar of the University, Prof. Dr. Ayesha Sohail has constituted a core committee headed by Prof. Dr. Siddique Awan, Director Finance and Planning, for the management and administration of the Kashmir Seminar.

According to Radio Pakistan, special prayers will be offered in mosques for the integrity and prosperity of Pakistan and the early liberation of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Simple but impressive flag hoisting ceremonies will be held at all district and divisional headquarters.

Main function of the Founding Day will be held at Parade Ground Muzaffarabad

In the state capital Muzaffarabad, the main function of the Founding Day will be held at Parade Ground and Prime Minister AJK Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi will hoist the national flag at 9:00 am. All the three radio stations of AJK will air special programs to highlight the significance of Founding Day.

The second session will be presided over by Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi in which leaders of parliamentary political parties Latif Akbar, Sardar Atiq Ahmed Khan, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, and other leaders will address.

Meanwhile, Azad Jammu and Kashmir University Professor Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi said in a statement that the University of Kashmir has been celebrating the foundation day of Azad Kashmir since 2016.

And in keeping with its tradition, the university will celebrate the founding day of the state with full enthusiasm and national spirit this year as well to acquaint the young generation with the present situation of the Azad Kashmir Movement and the motives behind it on October 24, 1947.

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