Demonstration in Srinagar against Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan Package
A demonstration was organised by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in Srinagar today on Thursday 5th November 2009 against the Pakistan’s recent attempt to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province. A huge gathering of JKLF activists who took part in the protest were holding playcards and shouted slogans of “Division of Kashmir Unacceptable”, “Jammu Kashmir Meri Jaan Ladakh Gilgit-Baltistan”, “Accession, Self-Rule, Autonomy meaningless, Independent Kashmir only acceptable” “Remove all restrictions on Amanullah Khan” and “Release JKLF senior leader Zahoor Butt from prison”.
Senior Vice chairman of JKLF in Srinagar SM Afzal, Zonal President Abdul Qadir Rathar, General Secretary Rasheed-ul-Hassan and Publicity Secretary Andleeb Kashmiri were leading the protest.
Speaking to media on this occasion, SM Afzal said that Kashmiris all over the world are holding demonstrations against Pakistan’s decision to give Gilgit-Baltistan a province like status. He said that a huge Long March and dharna will be held today in Parliament House, Islamabad in which thousand of people from all across Azad Kashmir and Pakistan will try to reach to Islamabad, Pakistan. He further said that the purpose of these demonstrations is to remind India and Pakistan that any part of Kashmir (Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Jammu, Kashmir) is neither their Jagular vein nor Integral part. He said that Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris and any attempt by either country will be resisted by Kashmiri people.
JKLF Leader also appealed to people of Pakistan to stop their government for taking such decisions which are big hurdles in our movement for right of self-determination. SM Afzal also thanked Kashmiris all around the world for participating in demonstrations on the call given by JKLF supreme head Amanullah Khan.