Line Of Control To Witness March By Pakistani Journalists
In light of the Indian atrocities and crisis situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, the capital of Azad Kashmir will today witness a ‘symbolic march’ as four hundred journalists have gathered in Muzaffarabad.
The journalists belong to different parts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir and aim to march towards the Line of Control.
A regional body called the Central Union of Journalists (CUJ) has organised the march.
According to a report in Dawn, an official of the CUJ, Abdul Hakim Kashmiri, was quoted as saying that Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir had been behind an iron curtain for almost three weeks. “What has compounded our worries is the unparalleled communication blockade that has sealed all sources of information,” he said.
The official said that it was this situation in Kashmir that had compelled the journalists to do something in order to draw the attention of the world community and media fraternity to the issue.
An ex-president of Pakistan Press Club UK, Arshad Rachyal, expressed his happiness over the fact that everyone was on the same page on the Kashmir issue and that the issue had bridged gaps even between rival groups and leaders.
Another journalist, the head of a faction of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, stated that the Pakistani media thought of itself to be under a moral obligation to not only raise its voice against the ongoing atrocities in Kashmir, but to also convince authorities to open up Azad Kashmir for relief supplies to be sent across LoC.
He also that that the occupied territory was in the grip of a humanitarian crisis as life-saving drugs and essential supplies had finished. He was also of the view that the situation was alarming and demanded intervention by the international community.
The said rally intends to march from Muzaffarabad to Chakoti, which lies in range of Indian artillery. The marchers intend to carry two truckloads of medicines and dry ration and aim to pass them on to Indian forces for the aid of people in Kashmir.
The CUJ official interviewed by media expressed hope that the Indian authorities would accept these goods for Kashmiris.