Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday will address a big public gathering in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (POK) to show solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Khan said, “I am going to do a big jalsa in Muzzafarabad on Friday 13 September, to send a message to the world about the continuing siege of IOJK by Indian occupation forces; and to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them”.
I am going to do a big jalsa in Muzzafarabad on Friday 13 Sept, to send a message to the world about the continuing siege of IOJK by Indian Occupation forces; & to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 11, 2019
After India scrapped its Constitution’s Articles 370 and 35A, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and divided the state into two union territories, Islamabad has been crying foul over New Delhi’s move and continuously trying to highlight the issue on a global level.
PM Imran Khan’s announcement comes at a time when Pakistan has been claiming its success at the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it was able to attract the support of 50 countries through a joint statement on human rights concerns in Jammu and Kashmir, coupled with a set of demands to India.
Pakistan claims the international community has sided with its stance on the Kashmir issue against India.
Earlier on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Khan will give a policy statement about the situation in the Valley during his address in Muzaffarabad.
PM Imran Khan’s visit to Kashmir will be his third since August 5, when Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370 from the Constitution, changing the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The visit of the Pakistan prime minister also comes at a time when the Kashmiri people have been protesting and demanding permission to break the borders in various areas along the Line of Control (LoC).