The All Parties Hurriyat Conference and United Jihad Council held a rally in Islamabad on Wednesday to protest against Indian interior minister Rajnath Singh's arrival in Pakistan.
The participants of the rally staged a sit in at Faizabad interchange and blocked the Islamabad Expressway for several hours. Besides APHC leaders the rally was attended by UJC leadership, members of traders' community, civil society representatives, Kashmiri community and leaders of various religious parties.
Expressing anger against recent spate of killings in Kashmir, the protesters, mainly Kashmiris, raised high pitched slogans against Indian minister terming him as "killer of innocent Kashmiris". A group of young protesters carrying a banner displayed slogans "One slogan one track Go India Go Back, Rajnath, Stop Killings in Kashmir".
Speaking on the occasion, UJC chief Syed Sallahuddin while expressing astonishment over Nawaz Sharif-led government's decision to welcome Rajnath Singh in Islamabad said, "According warm welcome to Indian minister who's hands are soaked with blood of innocent Kashmiris is tantamount to rubbing salt into wounds of bleeding Kashmiris".
Terming valley-wide mass agitation as a referendum against India the UJC chief said that following the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, people right from Kishtwar to Kupwara poured onto the streets of Kashmir in huge numbers asking India to quit kashmir. "This is the peoples' referendum against India's illegal occupation", he said adding that every Kashmiri has now become Burhan and they were fighting occupation forces in the streets.
Lambasting international community for maintaining silence over atrocities inflicted upon Kashmiri people, he said, "World community's silence over Kashmir is criminal negligence and an inexcusable crime". He said that it was time for international community to realize the gravity of Kashmir problem and play its much needed role to stop bloodshed of innocent people.
Others who spoke on the occasion included APHC leaders Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Rafique Ahmed Dar, UJC leaders Mufti Asagar, Falz-ur-Rehman Khalil, Abdullah Gul and others.