Protests at AJK as Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to IoK deemed a ‘black day’ – Pakistan

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A ‘black day’ was observed and anti-Indian protests took place in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured occupied Jammu and Kashmir on his first visit to the disputed territory since New Delhi revoked the special status nearly three years ago. years ago.

New Delhi rescinded the region’s special status in August 2019 when authorities arrested thousands and imposed the world’s longest internet shutdown, seeking to forestall local opposition to the move.

Tight security was in place for Modi’s appearance at Palli village in Jammu, the southern part of the Hindu-majority territory, which celebrated New Delhi’s introduction of direct rule as a defense against the freedom movement of Kashmir.

Sunday’s event marked Panchayati Raj, a day that commemorates people’s democracy – although occupied Kashmir has been without an elected regional government since 2018.

There has been a complete shutdown in occupied Kashmir, the official Pakistani news agency APPLICATION reported. The strike call was issued by the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference.

In Azad Kashmir, protests took place yesterday at the call of AJK Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas.

Today a large ‘black day’ protest rally was held in the capital Muzaffarabad led by AJK Minister Khawaja Farooq Ahmed and representatives of other political parties. The rally started from Burhan Wani Chowk and ended at Ghari Pin Chowk. Apart from holding banners with anti-Indian and pro-independence slogans, participants also waved black flags and chanted slogans against Modi.

Addressing the participants on this occasion, Khawaja Farooq Ahmed said that the protesters wanted to convince the international community through demonstrations that Kashmiris never recognized the Indian occupation and the arrival of a person like Modi – whose ” hands are stained with the blood of innocent Kashmiris” – in any part of the territory was a “highly undesirable” thing for them.

He called on the international community, especially the United States and the United Kingdom, to sever relations with India, as they had done with Russia over the war in Ukraine. He deplored the “double standard” of the international community in the case of Kashmiris.

Ahmed said the UN and the international community should pressure India to grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination. He said Indian-occupied Kashmir was under a continuous curfew in which people’s livelihoods were being destroyed as part of a ‘premeditated plan’ so they could not raise their voices against India.

He also expressed his gratitude to the institutions and people of Pakistan for always supporting Kashmiris.

Ahmed said the day was not far off when Kashmiris would become independent and become part of Pakistan.

Mushaal Hussein Malik, the wife of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik, said Modi’s visit was ‘nothing but a cruel joke with the Kashmiri people’, according to APPLICATION.

She vowed that the brave people of Kashmir would observe a complete halt to Modi’s visit to give a clear message to him and the world that Kashmiris would no longer accept brutal subjugation.

At the end of the gathering, prayers were offered for the independence of the occupied territory.

Enhanced security in Jammu

Indian authorities have deployed troops and police personnel throughout the occupied territory, especially in the Jammu area, as a security measure ahead of Modi’s visit.

According to the state APPLICATIONIndian personnel carried out random checks of vehicles and searched passengers at checkpoints which sprang up on the roads of all major towns and villages as well as on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Indian police and troops used CCTV cameras to monitor people’s movements. Snipers have also been deployed in high-rise buildings while drone cameras and sniffer dogs have been included in the service. Indian police have seized dozens of bicycles in different parts of Srinagar.

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