A seminar on Kashmir Solidarity Day was organized by Iqbal Academy Pakistan on February 4, 2021 at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Azhar. Speakers were Prof. Dr. Khawaja Zahid Aziz, President, Department of Kashmir Studies, Punjab University and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Ghazi.
The ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Jawad Ahmad of Unique Group of Colleges. Haroon Akram Gill officiated. Director Iqbal Academy Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen said that Allama Iqbal's ancestors were Kashmiri. In her poetry, he wrote masterpieces of poetry on Kashmir in the form of Saqi Nama Nishat Bagh and "Malazada Zaigham Laolabi Kashmiri Ka Bayad" (From the poetic notebook of Mulazada Zaigham of Laulab). He was used to attend the meetings of Anjuman-e-Kashmiri Musalaman (Society of Muslims from Kashmir) in Lahore and his poems were also published in Kashmir Gazette. The struggle for liberty of Kashmiris is going on and God willing it will become a part of Pakistan. She advised the young students to study the historical and modern facts about Kashmir and encourage efforts at every level of Kashmir's freedom.
Dr Zahoor Ahmad Azhar in his presidential address said that Kashmiris consider themselves a part of Pakistan and we should also practically help them instead of just talking and face India's tricks and intrigues wisely. He said that India had been getting the support of clever and cunning leaders like Gandhi and Nehru and they have cunningly taken over Kashmir by showing it as part of India while Kashmiris are a selfish and zealous nation and will not succeed.
Prof. Muhammad Abdullah Ghazi said that Allama Iqbal was associated with the Kashmir Committee before the partition of India. Allama's was a motivating ideal who gave us a leader like Quaid-e-Azam. He further said that the civilization and culture of the Middle East and Afghanistan reached us through Kashmir and the importance of the Kashmir region cannot be ignored.
Prof. Dr. Khawaja Zahid Aziz said that the history of Kashmir is 5,000 years old, out of which 500 years Muslims ruled the region. India has been continuously violating human rights in Kashmir since June 3, 1947 and India's brutal move in 2019 has crossed all human rights. He further said that Pakistan's civil society has to play a leading role for the freedom of Kashmir. He appreciated the seminar organized under Iqbal Academy in this regard.
Engineer Inayat Ali, Dr. Tahir Hameed Tanoli, Dr. Khidr Yasin, Fahim Arshad, Irshad-ur-Rehman and Director Unique Group of Institutes Riaz-ul-Haq were also present on the occasion. Atika Nasir, a scholar of Persian literature, recited Saqi Nama Kashmir. At the end, gift of books were presented to the speakers by the academy.