Pakistanis have held a rally to express their support for the independence-seeking people in Indian-controlled Kashmir, denouncing a U.S. decision to blacklist a popular Kashmiri leader.
Thousands of people rallied on Sunday in the streets of the Pakistani capital Islamabad to voice their anger at the U.S. for designating pro-independence Kashmiri militant Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”.
During the rally, speakers from the Jamaat-e-Islami group, which had organized the demonstration, condemned New Delhi for suppressing the people of Kashmir in the Indian-controlled part of the region.
The demonstrators criticized the international community for its silence toward Indian human rights violations and war crimes against Kashmiris.
The protesters also condemned the U.S. leaders for supporting Indian by labeling the Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant leader as a “global terrorist”.
They noted that Kashmir’s independence struggle should not be equated with terrorism, adding that the people of the state have been promised self-determination as well as an opportunity to decide their faith as enshrined in UN resolutions.
Rights activists in the Pakistani city of Karachi also held a protest rally on Saturday to express solidarity with the Kashmiris.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the two sides partitioned and gained independence from colonial Britain in 1947. The two countries have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory.