Islamabad, November 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): A protest demonstration was held outside the National Press Club in Islamabad under the auspices of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, today. The demonstration was held against the unprovoked shelling by the Indian Army on the civilian population of Azad Jammu and Kashmir living along the Line of Control (LoC).
A large number of APHC-AJK representatives participated in the protest. The demonstrators raised full-throated slogans such as “Kashmir banega Pakistan”, “Go India, go back”, “Terrorist, terrorist, India terrorist”, “Ham kia chahtay Azaadi”. The demonstrators were holding banners and placards with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
The speakers on the occasion said that India had violated international law by shelling on the civilian population of AJK which resulted in massive loss of life and property. They strongly condemned the Indian aggression and urged the international community to take India to task as it is also committing atrocities in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They said that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle for securing their right to self-determination despite the Indian atrocities.
The speakers said that the ongoing atrocities in IIOJK had been intensified since August 05 last year. Youth are being killed, property damaged and genocide of Kashmiris is being carried out in a systematic manner to change the Muslim majority in the territory into a minority, they said.
They appealed to the world community to play its role in stopping the Indian brutalities in IIOJK. The international community must raise its voice against the atrocities of Modi government on the Kashmiris who should be given their birth right to self-determination as per the UN resolutions.
The speakers included Ishtiyaq Hameed, Advocate Pervez Ahmed, Shamim Shawl, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, Haji Sultan Butt, Abdul Majeed Mir, Raja Khadim Hussain, Engineer Mahmood, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Zahid Safi, Javaid Iqbal Butt, Hassan Al-Bana, Saleem Haroon, Zahid Ashraf, Mushtaq Butt, Mushtaq Gilani and Imtiaz Wani.
Meanwhile, a protest was held on the main highway in Muzaffarabad under the auspices of Pasban-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir and All Parties Leepa Karnah Alliance against the shelling on unarmed civilians by the Indian forces on the LoC. The protesters were holding banners and placards with anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. They also condemned the Indian army’s shelling and chanted slogans against the Indian government and its forces.
The anti-India protest was attended by citizens, activists of civil society and political and religious parties. Addressing the anti-India protest, the Chairman of Pasban-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Uzair Ahmad Ghazali said that India’s terrorist activities and shelling on the occupied territory and the LoC could prove disastrous for peace in the region.
He said that the people of IIOJK wanted right to self-determination and justice from the United Nations. He added that Kashmiris in IIOJK and the unarmed civilians living on the LoC wanted protection from Indian pellet guns, bullets and shells.
Addressing the rally, central leader of All Parties Lepa Karnah Alliance, Shaukat Javed Mir, said that the people of the entire IIOJK rejected Indian state aggression. India is violating international norms and rules by shelling unarmed civilians on the ceasefire line, he said, adding that India’s aggression could destroy peace at any time.
He urged the member states of the UN Security Council to take immediate notice of India’s shelling on the ceasefire line and take solid steps for resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute. Vice Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Jammu and Kashmir, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, said that India was committing crimes against humanity in IIOJK and now India was also committing aggression on the ceasefire line.
He said that it was the responsibility of international human rights organizations to take notice of Indian extremist activities. Khawaja Atiq Ahmed, a social worker from Neelam Valley, said that India was destroying peace by shelling our unarmed citizens, our homes, schools, business centers and precious lives were being lost. The rally was also attended by Mansoor Alam Qureshi, Syed Ishtiaq Ahmad Bukhari, Javed Ahmad Mughal, Qari Atiq Ahmad Danish and leaders of other political and religious parties.
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