Protest in Karachi against Indian cross border firing

KARACHI: A massive demonstration was held by Jamaat ud Dawa Pakistan against Indian cross border firing into Pakistan territory, outside Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Friday.

A large number of people were chanting slogans against India and holding banners and placards inscribed with ‘Trade with India unacceptable’. The protest was backed by different religious and mainstream political parties including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamaat e Islami (JI), and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F).

While addressing the crowd, Qari Ishtiaq, Kashmiri political activist, said that Muslims must unite themselves against the oppression. He further said that the neighboring country has been constantly violating the ceasefire accord. “India has not only destabilizing Pakistan’s economy by controlling water but also violating international laws,” he added.

Mehfooz Yar Khan from Awaami Muslim League (AML) Sindh chapter criticized the government for remaining silent over the incident and urged the government to raise its voice against Indian oppression and for the rights of Kashmiris.

Saleem Zia from Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) condemned the incident and said that since both countries were nuclear power, thus India should take the issue seriously and stop cross border firing.

Meanwhile, Siddiq Rathore from JI and Moulana Abdul Karim JUI-F urged Human Rights Organizations and United Nations (UN) to intervene. They also condemned the attack and criticized America for supporting India and its policies in the region.

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