More than 40 political parties and hard-line religious groups of Pakistan will stage a march starting from Lahore to Islamabad in a bid to extend their support with the growing unrest and protesters in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
The rally up to Islamabad will also pledge support for the liberation of J&K in India.
It may be mentioned here that Pakistan has announced July 19 as Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Tehreek-e-Azaadi Jammu Kashmir (TAJK), a front group of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) is taking out a rally named `Caravan for Kashmir’ starting on July 19 on the call given by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
Several militant groups are also taking part in the rally. Groups such as JuD, Sipah-e-Sahiba and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, PoK-based United Jihad Council, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haque, Awami Muslim League, Muslim Conference, Muslim League (Zia faction) and Abdullah Gul, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, ex-PM of PoK, Izazul Haq will take part in the rally.
The road show will start from Shuhada mosque in Lahore and will reach Islamabad via Gujranwala, Jhelum, Rawalpindi and Wazirabad.
According to DNA, TAJK media coordinator Nadeem Awan said, “Since lakhs of people will join, the rally will stop in several cities where leaders will make speeches and reach Islamabad the next day.”
“The road show will bring national and international attention to the situation in Kashmir. It will let our brothers and sisters in Kashmir know they are not alone. Kashmiris are a part of Pakistani blood,”’ he added.
The rally will also collect donations from supporters for the Kashmir cause. Awan said that on social media, Kashmiris were posting on the shortage of medical supplies and food and money will be collected to send relief across the border.
The unrest in Kashmir has caused a political frenzy in Pakistan with cabinet ministers in the Nawaz Sharif government calling the deaths a genocide. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari accused the foreign policy based on ‘Sharif-Modi’ friendship for failing to address the Kashmir issue.