Protests in PaK to express solidarity with Kashmiris

Protests in PaK to express solidarity with Kashmiris

After the speeches were over, the gathering, led by the PaK premier, marched towards the office of the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) near Domel, where a protest note was delivered to the UN observers.

Thousands of schoolchildren with other protesters across Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on Wednesday staged rallies and demonstrations to condemn “unceasing atrocities” on people of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the recent crackdowns on educational institutions.

Drawn from state-run institutions, the students paraded through the streets in almost all major cities and towns, holding banners and placards, inscribed with a variety of slogans calling for an end to the what they termed as “state sponsored terrorism” in Kashmir as well as intervention of the United Nations (UN) and international community for an early solution to the lingering dispute, in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people.

In state capital Muzaffarabad, the protesting students first gathered at Burhan Wani Chowk near Press Club, where they were briefly addressed by PaK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Minister for Education Barrister Iftikhar Gillani, Kashmiri activists Uzair Ghazali and Mushtaqul Islam and some representatives of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

After the speeches were over, the gathering, led by the PaK premier, marched towards the office of the UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) near Domel, where a protest note was delivered to the UN observers.

All along the march, participants kept on chanting slogans: “Hai haq hamara azadi, hum cheen k lain gay azadi (freedom is our right and we will snatch it).”

Speaking to correspondents on the occasion, young boys and girls said they were deeply impressed and inspired by the outstanding gallantry of Kashmiri youth while “challenging a ferocious army equipped with lethal weapons.”

“Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Kashmir who have been braving the worst ever repression of modern history at the hands of brute forces… I pay salute to their heroism,” said Tayyiba Batool a tenth grade student. 

Prime Minister Haider called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to “ensure stoppage of atrocities on the Kashmiris.”

He said the Kashmiris wanted a peaceful solution to their problem and would give another chance to the UN and world community to make it happen.

Participants of a similar rally in Rawalakot, led by deputy commissioner Poonch Raja Tahir Mumtaz, also presented a memorandum to the UN observers in the town. The rallies were held not only at all district headquarters, but also at many tehsil headquarters in PaK.