Pak police stop JuD caravan for Kashmir
A caravan of relief material mobilized by the JuD in Pakistan for distribution in the Kashmir Valley was halted on Tuesday near the Line of Control (LoC), triggering protests, officials said.
The caravan of dozens of trucks and ambulances left Muzzafarabad in Pakistan administered Kashmir early on Tuesday for Srinagar and was stopped by police in Chakothi village near the LoC.
The vehicles are loaded with essential supplies like rice, oil, fresh and dry vegetables, clarified butter, baby food and medicines. There were also ambulances with doctors and para-medics.
The relief materials and ambulances were put together by Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), charity wing of the proscribed Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) group.
The group is headed by Hafeez Sayeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack for whose capture the US has announced a bounty of $10 million.
People in the caravan staged a noisy demonstration in Chakothi, insisting that they be allowed to proceed to the Kashmir Valley in India, the FIF said.
"The caravan will not leave this place till the material is sent to the Kashmiri people who are suffering from over three weeks due to the Indian atrocities," it said.
Hafiz Abdul Rouf of FIF said markets in the Kashmir Valley were shut due to curfew and restrictions and that Kashmiris were suffering badly.