More than 2,000 activists of various religious and jihadi outfits in Pakistan on Wednesday protested against the visit of Indian home minister Rajnath Singh, accusing him for the unrest in Kashmir.
Pakistan: Protest against HM Rajnath Singh in Islamabad outside SAARC HMs Conference venue. pic.twitter.com/RHdNZqVBJZ— ANI (@ANI_news) August 3, 2016
Activists of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen, United Jihad Council (UJC) and other such group protested to denounce Singhs trip to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministerial conference being hosted by Pakistan.
Syed Salahuddin, the leader of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahidden, who is also chief of UJC, and local leaders of other groups were seen during the protest.
Pakistan: Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin leads protest against HM Rajnath Singh in Islamabad pic.twitter.com/WD9wY0PPFn— ANI (@ANI_news) August 3, 2016
Another protest was organised by Mishal Malik, wife of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, in front of National Press Club in Islamabad.
On Tuesday, a JuD caravan led by Talha Saeed, the son of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, had staged a sit-in at the Line of Control near Chakothi in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), where they were stopped by Pakistani security forces.
The protesters on Wednesday continued their sit-in, demanding that India receives relief materials brought by them for Kashmiris.
JUD volunteers wait at the Line of Control in Pakistan’s Azad & Jammu Kashmir – ready to deliver relief goods acrosspic.twitter.com/wzTSucy13F— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) August 3, 2016
A JuD statement said that it has no plans to leave the place unless India receives relief goods, dry food and medicines for the Kashmiris. Hafiz Abdur Rauf, chief of Falayh-i-Insaniat Foundation, a sister organisation of JuD, said many doctors and paramedical staff were also present in the sit-in.
“These doctors and para-medical staff want to go Sri Nagar to treat our injured Kashmiri brethren,” he said.
Various religious and jihadi outfits in Pakistan are opposed to Singhs visit as they held him responsible for the unrest in Kashmir following Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing on June 8.
Earlier, Hafiz Saeed had warned the government that Singh’s presence in Islamabad may create “unrest” among Kashmiris as well as Pakistanis in the face of scores of killings in Kashmir.
(Feature Image Source: AFP)