#Day24: Pak Jama’at Marches To Wagah Border To Express ‘Solidarity’ With Kashmir



Azaadi-e-Kashmir in Pakistan

Thousands of activists of Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan activists on Sunday marched towards the Wagah border to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir where life has been paralysed due to curfews and protest shutdowns after the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani.

At least 53 civilians have been killed and thousands maimed in forces’ action on protesters after Wani’s death since July 09.

Jama'at-e-Islami Pakistan chief addressing the rally.
Jama’at-e-Islami Pakistan chief addressing the rally.

Addressing the gathering, (JI) Chief Siraj ul Haq called for a joint session of parliament as well as an all-parties meeting to thrash out a national strategy on Kashmir, reported Express Tribune.

The participants of the “Azadi-e-Kashmir march” headed towards the Wagah border crossing from Lahore’s Nasir Bagh.

Haq urged the government to appoint a deputy foreign minister who would be dedicated to Kashmir affairs.

He warned the rulers against welcoming Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who will be travelling to Islamabad for the SAARC interior and home ministers’ conference on August 3: “Whoever welcomes him will be compelled to leave Pakistan.”

“The struggle to free Kashmir from the Indian aggression is an obligation on every Pakistanis because Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir,” he said.

The JI Ameer asked the rulers to play their due role and support the Kashmir cause at the international level.

Hizb chief Syed Sallahuddin addressing the rally.
Hizb chief Syed Sallahuddin addressing the rally.

Haq proposed Pakistan should establish a fund to support injured Kashmiris.

He said on August 14 people would celebrate Independence Day and on the next day they would mark a “black day” by holding a rally from Muzaffarabad to Chakothi.

He said each Pakistani is ready to follow the path of Burhan Wani, who died due to Indian firing in Kashmir.

Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin, while addressing the participants, said the murder of one Kashmiri, Burhan Wani, had created a feeling of hatred in Pakistan towards India.

He said that Pakistan should break off diplomatic ties with India till the final settlement of Kashmir.

Azaadi-e-Kashmir by JeI in Pakistan on July 31, 2016

He claimed that Kashmiris were being denied water, food and medicine. International rights bodies are acting as a silent spectator, he added.

He said his party would continue its ‘jihad’ till the full withdrawal of Indian forces from Kashmir.

He appealed to Islamabad to use its influence at the international level and help resolve the Kashmir dispute.

He also urged the people to agitate against the arrival of the Indian home minister in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, accusing Home Minister Rajnath Singh of being “responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris”, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has warned of a countrywide protest in Pakistan by his outfit if the Home Minister arrives in Islamabad to attend the SAARC ministerial conference.

“I want to ask the Pakistani government will it add insult to injury to the wounds of Kashmiris by welcoming Rajnath who is responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris,” he said in a statement.

“It will be ironical as on the one hand the whole Pakistani nation is protesting against the Indian atrocities in Kashmir and on the other hand the Pakistani rulers will be garlanding Singh,” said the statement issued on Monday.

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