The Urdu Department of Tehran University organized a seminar on Tuesday in collaboration with the Embassy of Pakistan, titled 'Cultural and literary linkages between Iran and Kashmir'.

Iran Press/Iran news: With the ambassador of Pakistan Raffat Masood as its chief guest, the seminar was attended with scholars, academicians, students, and media representatives to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir in commemoration of Black Day.

They also highlighted cultural and literary relations between Iran and Kashmir, reported Iran Press. 

Iranian students paid tributes to the valiant Kashmiris in their poetry. Renowned Pakistani scholar Dr. Qasim Saafi shed light on the close historical and cultural relations between Iran and Kashmir. Highlighting the historical background of Kashmir issue he urged the United Nations to play its role in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Reciting the poetry of Qudssi Mashhadi, Dr. Muhammad Hussein Sakit drew upon the richness of Kashmir’s language and literature. While other scholars from the University recited from Allama Iqbal and other poets on the beauty and cultural heritage, Dr. Rashid Naqvi focused on human rights violations in Indian controlled Kashmir.

Condemning the silence of human rights organizations and the international community particularly the Muslim countries, Dr. Naqvi said that this beautiful valley has turned into a graveyard of innocent Muslims who are fighting for their right to self- determination.

There is no one to hear their voice, he noted and went on to say that Kashmir is not as green as praised by the poets in their poetry, but now it is a basin of the red blood of innocent Kashmiris.

He urged the students to raise voice in support of innocent Kashmiris and against the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in Kashmir.

Raffat Masood also referred to the statement of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Kashmir and said that Iran has always supported Kashmiris in their struggle.

The Ambassador said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations and asked the world leaders if Kashmiris were not Muslims, then India should commit these atrocities in Kashmir.

Shedding light on the current situation in Kashmir, the Ambassador said that “Kashmiri identity” is under threat after the illegal action of the Modi government to revoke Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which protected the identity of all the Kashmiris in India.

It is an attack on the culture of Kashmir, she said, urging the scholars, academicians, and students to raise their voice against this injustice and in support of innocent Kashmiris.


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