University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore observed “Kashmir Hour” from noon 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm today to express solidarity with the residents of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) suffering unprecedented atrocities perpetrated by Indian armed forces against them. In this context a solidarity rally was organized in campus lead by Vice Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar. The rally started from IB&M tower and ended at main block. The rally began with the national anthems of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to show solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiris. The participants stood still as the national anthems were played. President Teaching Staff Association (TSA) Prof. Dr. Amanat Ali Bhatti, Registrar UET Muhammad Asif, Dean Prof. Dr. Shahid Rafique, Director Student Affairs Prof. Dr. Asif Ali Qaiser, Public Relations Officer Prof. Dr. Tanveer Qasim, Teachers, faculty members, heads of all other departments and a large number of students were also present at this occasion. Rallies were also organized in constituent campuses of UET Lahore including UET Kala Shah Kaku campus (UET-KSK), UET Faisalabad Campus (UET-FSD), UET-Narowal campus (NWL) and Rachna College of Engineering and Technology, Gujranwala (RCET). Participants of the rally raised slogans of freedom. They were holding Pakistani flags, Kashmiri flags and banners which were featuring slogans against Indian atrocities. Addressing the rally, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Syed Mansoor Sarwar said, "Our Kashmiris are going through a difficult phase. Approximately eight million Kashmiris for the last four weeks have been locked under curfew. But now the time is over, and sacrifices of Kashmiri brother will not go away. The world must raise voice against brutality of Indians.” He further said, “With the martyrdom of 70 thousand Kashmiris, the sun of freedom will rise in Kashmir soon. We pay tribute to the determination and courage of Kashmiris. India is committing a serious breach of UN resolutions this cruelty is not long lasting. Pakistani nation is with its Kashmiri brothers. Until Kashmiris get their freedom, we would continue to stand with them till the last breath.”
Referring to the sacrifices of the Pak army, Prof. Dr. Mansoor Sarwar said, “Their services for the protection of borders and making failure of the enemy conspiracies are unforgettable. The dispute of Kashmir is not a problem of race or ethnicity, it is a joint problem of humanity. We do not want war but if war is imposed, we will fight side by side with the Pak Army.” He concluded the address while saying that Jihad is part of our faith and martyrdom is our desire. While special prayers were said for the people of occupied Kashmir.