Indian move: Construction of wall along LoC, working boundary slammed

Protesters ask India to shelve the plan forthwith.


Our Correspondent November 26, 2013
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard along fencing near the India-Pakistan border outpost. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MUZAFFARABAD:


A protest rally was held here on Sunday against the Indian plan of construction of a concrete wall along the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary in Sialkot sector.


The rally was jointly organised by the Kashmiri refugees of 1989 and the Pasban-e-Hurriyat- a local organisation working in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for the Kashmir cause.

The construction is part of a plan India is working on to construct 41-metre-long and 10-metre high concrete wall along the LoC and 197-kilometre-long wall along the working boundary in Sialkot sector.

The protesters carrying banners and placards marched from the Central Press Club to Gharipan Chowk shouting anti-India slogans like “We want freedom” and “go India go”.

While addressing the rally, Chairman Pasban-e-Hurriyat Uzair Ghazali said that India was following the footprints of Israel to divide Kashmiris permanently as the latter did with Palestinians.

“The construction along the LoC is not only violation of international laws but also a direct attack on the United Nations that has declared the region a disputed territory,” said Ghazali.

Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leader Mushtaqul Islam said that India has occupied the state of Jammu and Kashmir at gunpoint and now it was constructing another “Berlin wall” to divide the Kashmiris straddle the region. “This illegal construction is unacceptable for the Kashmiris living across the LoC,” he said.

Islam urged Kashmiri and Pakistani leaders to protest against the illegal construction of the wall.

Meanwhile, AJK Finance Minister Chaudhry Latif Akbar addressing at a press conference slammed the Indian move saying the AJK government after consultation with the federal government will raise the issue at international forums to put pressure on India to halt the construction.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2013.

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COMMENTS (23)

amanat ali | 7 years ago | Reply

@Javelin Is there any doubt that Kashmir is a disputed territory? Not at all. Kashmir is still shown as a disputed territory as per UNO Resolutions. A referendum is still to be held in Kashmir to know the wishes of Kashmiri people whether they want to join Pakistan or India? India cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris and cannot keep it occupied for a long period now.Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir. Those who are dreaming that this problem can be solved by negotions are living in fools paradise as India is lingering this problem for last 66 years. India is well aware that Kashmiris will vote in favour of Pakistan due to which it is avoiding to hold referendum in Kashmir.

Indra | 7 years ago | Reply

@saad: The whole world means the Islamic world?, our military forces are superior to Muslims, so nobody cares what the "Islamic" world thinks. Do what you can, if you have the guts to be humiliated again.

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