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Imran Khan to hold jalsa in Muzaffarabad

11 September, 2019

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday announced that he was going to hold a "big jalsa" (rally) in Muzaffarabad on September 13 (Friday). In a post shared on Twitter, the premier said that the jalsa was in order to "send a message to the world about the continuing siege of [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] IOJK by Indian Occupation forces; [and] to show the Kashmiris that Pakistan stands resolutely with them".

Since India unilaterally decided to annex occupied Kashmir on August 5 and enforce a lockdown, Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly raised concern about the situation in the disputed region.

Earlier, he had also announced that an event would be held every week to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people, starting from August 30, when Pakistanis came out in droves to observe 'Kashmir Hour' from 12pm to 12:30pm to express solidarity with Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir.

The premier's announcement of the Muzaffarabad jalsa today comes a day after Pakistan delivered a joint statement on behalf of over 50 countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Addressing the president of the council, the statement said that the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir, particularly after India's action on August 5, required the "urgent attention of the Human Rights Council and human rights mechanisms".

"We share the concern expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet regarding the impact of recent actions on the human rights of Kashmiris."

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