ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Aug, 2020 ) :President Dr Arif Alvi Friday conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan, Pakistan's highest civil award on noted Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gillani to recognize his decades-old struggle for Kashmiris' right to self-determination.
The award was conferred at a special investiture ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, during the flag hoisting ceremony to mark the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan.
The award was received by Convenor All Parties Hurriyat Conference Muhammad Hussain Khateeb along with other Hurriyat leaders.
While reading out the citation, Secretary Cabinet Division Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera, who also moderated the ceremony, said Syed Ali Gillani started his political career in 1953 and formed APHC to provide a joint platform to Kashmiri leaders for their right to self determination.
From 2001 to June2020, Ali Gillani headed the APHC and fought the case of Kashmiri people bravely despite facing house arrests, travel restrictions and other hardships from the Indiangovernment.
After Indian illegal action of August 5, 2019, Ali Gillani played a brave role to build opinion against the Indian actions aimed at converting the Muslim majority into minority of the territory.
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