Kashmir issue begins to heat up in PaK: Protesters clash with police, LoC check-post torched

The violent protesters torched a police check-post near the LoC.

Muzaffarabad: People of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on Saturday held a peaceful protest rally in Muzaffarabad city against the killings of Kashmiris along Line of Control in “Indian firing.”

The protests against the ceasefire violations by the Indian troops along the LoC had been called by pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

According to KNS, delegations from UK, Europe, UAE and Saudi Arabia also participated in the long march. Thousands of people including women, men, youth, and children participated in the historical march with great passion and fervor. This peaceful march started from Tatapani and reached Madarpur where the participants held a peaceful Sit-in against Indian firing and shelling that has till now killed dozens, injured hundreds and destroyed properties worth millions.

According to reports, some policemen from PaK police started unproved firing and shelling on protesters injuring many among whom some are said to be serious.

Asian Age reported on Friday, thousands of Kashmiris mainly from Kotli and Poonch districts of the PaK turned up to begin a long march towards the de facto border. The violent protesters torched a police check-post near the LoC when clashes erupted between crowds and the police near the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir, leaving several people injured.

The protest was against the continued shelling along the LoC which has killed and maimed dozens of people, destroyed homes and livestock in recent weeks.

JKLF leader in PaK told Asian Age, “We want an end to this animosity and ask both India and Pakistan to address the issue of Kashmir as per the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council keeping in view the overwhelming aspirations of the people living on both sides of the dividing line.” He also said that the purpose of holding the rally was also to impress upon the government in Muzaffarabad to compensate the sufferers of the cross-LoC firing and shelling and resolve their other problems.

Recently, the US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged India and Pakistan to negotiate to end hatred in their relations.

During a briefing in Washington, Nauert said that the United States wants both the neighbouring countries to resolve their disputes as early as possible for the regional peace.

The situation along LoC is deteriorating and thousands of people living near border areas have been evacuated due to intense firing between Indian and Pakistani troops along LoC and the International border. Both India and Pakistan are accusing each other of ceasefire violations, and the people of Jammu and Kashmir have always been the victims of the military aggression of the two neighbouring countries.

Recently, the Prime Minister of PaK in a students march said that people would cross the LoC as they don’t need permissions from anyone.

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