Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday demanded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lift the curfew from occupied Kashmir, which has been under a lockdown for more than 40 days.
He was addressing a public rally in Muzaffarabad that is being held to reaffirm Pakistan’s support for the residents of occupied Kashmir, who have been under a lockdown for more than 40 days.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will also address the public gathering and is also expected to deliver a policy statement on the Kashmir issue.
The prime minister is accompanied by Senator Faisal Javed, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid among others. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider is also present at the rally.
Several celebrities and public figures are also in attendance.
He had announced the plan in a tweet on Wednesday and said that he means to “send a message to the world about the continuing siege of India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir by Indian occupation forces; and to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them”.
It is the prime minister’s third visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 when India scrapped the special status of occupied Kashmir through a rushed presidential order and imposed a strict lockdown and communications blackout in the region, that has been in place for more than 40 days.
Prime Minister Imran had visited Muzaffarabad on Independence Day, when he addressed AJK’s legislative assembly. He paid another visit earlier this month on Defence Day, when he visited the Line of Control and met the families of martyred soldiers as well as those of civilians who were killed by shelling by the Indian forces.