Hundreds of people paraded through a main thoroughfare here on Sunday to condemn India's effort to seek UN sanctions against Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin.
Participants of the demonstration, organised by Pasban-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, sung the praises of China for preventing India's bid and expressed the hope that Beijing would continue to thwart conspiracies against the just cause of Kashmiris.
"Syed Salahuddin Ahmed is the hero of Kashmiris," read a big banner being carried by them on the occasion.
They were also holding placards, inscribed with anti-India, pro-China and pro-freedom slogans as well as the portraits of Salahuddin, who also heads United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of around a dozen Kashmiri militant groups.
Last week, reports emerged that India was in the process of seeking UN sanctions against Salahuddin for a freeze on his assets and a travel ban for his alleged association with Al-Qaeda group and its affiliates like Lashkar-e-Taiba.
However, while the Indian Ministry of External Affairs was in the process of taking concurrence of 15 member states in the UN Security Council before introducing it before the world body, its effort faced a roadblock from China, which had reportedly threatened to place a technical hold on its application.
They also asked Islamabad to activate its foreign missions to let the world know that the Hizbul Mujahideen supremo was spearheading a just struggle under the UN charter, which could not be dubbed as terrorism by any stretch of the imagination.
"India has long been making desperate efforts to link our freedom struggle with terrorism, but to no avail. India's nefarious attempts are constantly fizzling out for being based on duplicity and mala fide," said Uzair Ahmed Ghazali of Pasban-e-Hurriyat.
While praising China, he sought its help to raise Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council with full force.
"We hope China will continue to veto any move by India against pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir," he said.
Speaking on the occasion, UJC secretary-general Shaikh Jamil ur Rehman, made it clear that the conglomerate did not have a single outfit in its fold linked with al-Qaeda or any other international terrorist organisation.