People in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) observed India’s Independence Day as a ‘black day’.
A joint anti-India rally organised by religious and political parties of the region was taken out from the press club here to United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on Friday.
The protest rally was headed by AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed and leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) AJK chapter. The protesters raised slogans against the Indian occupation of Kashmir.
While addressing the protesters, Majeed said Kashmiris were peace-loving people. He said that civilians were being killed in Indian-held Kashmir in fake encounters and military crackdowns. The AJK prime minister said serious human rights violations were being committed by Indian security forces.
While criticising the marches organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), Majeed called Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri power-hungry.
He said that Kashmiris had great respect for Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif who supported the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir.
Leaders belonging to the APHC, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamaatud Dawah also addressed the rally.
Majeed and other party leaders presented a memorandum to UNMOGIP officials urging the UN secretary general to use his office for the settlement of the longstanding dispute that had put peace and security of South Asia at stake.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2014.