Prime Minister Imran Khan is addressing a rally in Azad Kashmir’s Muzaffarabad on Indian atrocities across the border.
The rally is being held at University Ground to highlight the plight of Kashmiris in Indian-held Kashmir. The premier announced the rally on Twitter and said it would send “a message to the world about the continuing siege of Kashmir by Indian occupation forces”. He said it is also to show Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them.
The Indian side of the valley has been under curfew since August 5, when India revoked Article 370 of its constitution and the special rights it had previously granted to Kashmir.
A number of celebrities are attending the rally. These include Javed Sheikh, Humayun Saeed, Fakhir, Maya Ali, Hareem Farooq, Shahid Afridi and Shehzad Roy.
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur addressed the rally and saluted the people of Kashmir and the rest of Pakistan. He said he is thankful to everyone for raising their voice for Kashmir. Modi has turned Kashmir into a jail for the past 40 days, he said, vowing that Kashmir will get its freedom soon.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said PM Khan has come to Kashmir to stand with the people and to tell the world that he stands with the people of Kashmir. I would like to ask Modi, can he speak to the people of Kashmir like Imran Khan, he demanded. Does he have that much power to talk with the people, if yes then lift the curfew and see, he said.
Qureshi said there are no political prisoners in Azad Kashmir. The world is raising points that in Azad Kashmir people have access to TV, media, social media and the internet but the same cannot be said in occupied Kashmir, he said. The question is, why is everything cut off in occupied Kashmir, asked the minister.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said he is grateful to the people of Pakistan for supporting Kashmir and standing by them like rocks. We will keep fighting for Kashmir, he vowed. He added that the people of occupied Kashmir want to break the Line of Control and come to Azad Kashmir.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech