Protest rallies and human chains accompanied by vociferous demands to free Kashmir from India marked Kashmir Solidarity Day on Wednesday.
In the capital, Jamaat-e-Islami, Difa-e-Pakistan Council and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) held separate rallies to protest the “atrocities” in Kashmir by Indian security agencies and demand that the Kashmiris be given the right of self-determination. “India ka ek iIaj, al Jihad al Jihad (only one solution for India and that's Jihad) “ shouted flag waving members of the JUD while speakers said that Kashmir could only be freed with a holy war. “India teri maut aayi, Lashkar aayi Lashkar aayi”(India your death has come, the fighters have come) screamed the modest crowd.
Abdullah Gul of the Anjuman Naujawan-e-Pakistan said there should be no trade or MFN status for India and it was time for the rise of Islamist forces. Dukhtaraan-e-Millat founder-chairperson Syed Asiya Andrabi, who addressed the JUD gathering on telephone, said India could capture Kashmir but not the hearts of its people. Kashmir can never be a part of India and she called on Pakistan to free it from “impure” India. She asked the Pakistan government to tell India that Kashmir was an integral part of Pakistan. Kashmir will be part of Pakistan, she declared.
The former ISI chief Lt. Gen. (retd.) Hamid Gul, said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination and they only had to choose between Pakistan and freedom. They will never opt to go with India, he said.