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Article 370: JKLF supporters in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir march towards LoC

Supporters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) march toward the Line of Control, outskirts of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir on October 5, 2019.

Supporters of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) march toward the Line of Control, outskirts of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir on October 5, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

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Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

A large number of people from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) are marching towards the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday to protest India’s move on Article 370.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday warned the protesters not to cross the LoC, saying anyone crossing the LoC to provide humanitarian aid or support for Kashmiris will “play into the hands of the Indian narrative.”

The marchers, mostly youngsters, reached from Muzaffarabad, the capital of the PoK, to Garhi Dupatta on Saturday where they stayed for overnight. They are moving on the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar Highway.

The protest march has been organised by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). A local JKLF leader Rafiq Dar told the media that UN Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan had also contacted them.

He said the UN was urged to persuade India and Pakistan to not use force against peaceful protestors.

The protesters have announced to cross the LoC. They are expected to reach Chakothi where they will be stopped by the authorities, sources said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged US Senator Chris Van Hollen to visit areas on the two sides of the LoC to see the ground situation.

Mr. Hollen, along with US Charge d’ Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones, travelled to Multan on Saturday afternoon to meet with Qureshi, the Foreign Office said in statement issued after midnight.

Qureshi appreciated Senator’s leadership role in proposing an amendment to the Senate Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2020 that explicitly expresses concern about the “humanitarian crisis in Kashmir.”

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