The University of Karachi on Wednesday organized a peace walk and a black day to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir. The peace walk was initiated from the new Administration Block to the Azadi Chowk and then back to the new Admin Block.

The Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization University of Karachi in collaboration with the Press Information Department, Government of Pakistan organized the peace walk which was attended by the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi, varsity’s Registrar Professor Dr Abdul Waheed, faculty members, students, and employees.

The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi said that students and teachers gathered to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir and are paying tribute to them for their decade’s long struggle for justice and independence. The mothers and sisters and fathers and sons are continuously shedding their blood for independent Kashmir.

“The Kashmir’s issue is a human rights issue that needs to be highlighted at every forum, including the United Nations. Today’s peace walk is a testament to the fact that the teachers and students of the University of Karachi stand by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters.”

He said that independent Kashmir is a slogan of our state and we will always pay homage to the sacrifices Kashmiri people have made and we strongly believe that their struggle would not go in vain.

“Government officials and masses should use all available platforms to raise this issue. I salute the Kashmiri mothers who never tire of sacrificing the livers of their sons for the independence of their homeland.”

Meanwhile, the Director General Press Information Department Government of Pakistan Irum Tanveer said that the peace rally was a reflection of the fact that Pakistan wanted peace instead of a confrontation over Kashmir.

She informed the participants that the government has been raising this issue at every forum to show solidarity with Kashmiris. The atrocities perpetrated on Kashmiris are by no means acceptable.

Meanwhile, the Director ORIC University of Karachi Professor Dr Alia Rehman said that the effort of ‘Peace Walk’ on the occasion of ‘Black Day’ was commendable and a positive message of solidarity.

The participants of the peace walk also chanted slogans in favor of Kashmir. The students said that the whole country, especially the youth, is at the forefront of spreading the message of peace.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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