Altaf Hamid Rao
People belonging to various walks of life including the activists of ‘Labaik – Yaa – Rasool Allah (Peace Be Upon Him)’ and other Islamic religious groups Saturday staged peaceful protest demonstrations in various parts of Azad Jammu & Kashmir including Mirpur against the operation by the civil authorities to remove the participants of the 20-day old protest sit-in at Faizabad the central point abridging the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
A large number of the people belonging to various classes of the civil society mostly the activists of various religious parties gathered at the central locations of various AJK cities including Mirpur, Kotli, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and staged protest demonstrations by blocking various major roads and streets to register their indignation against the operation against the occupants of the busies Rawalpindi Islamabad-Highways at Faizabad for the past 20 days in support of their demands including the federal religious affairs minister and others against the recent alleged controversial amendment in the paper of oath of the parliament members.
In Mirpur, a large number of people thronged the central shaheed chowk and staged protest demonstration by blocking all roads leading to the chowk placing hurdles of burning tyres.
They raised slogans against the police action against participants of the ‘Faizabad Sit-in’ describing it uncalled for unwarranted – declaring the 20-days old ‘Dharna’ justified in support of the demands including the resignation of the federal religious affairs minister Zahid Hamid besides unveiling the names of those behind the controversial amendment – which was later publicly declared withdrawn by the government on the floor of the parliament.
The demonstrating protestants brought out a procession raising slogans of “Labaik – Yaa Rasool Allah – Labaik’’, besides against the police operation.
The procession later moved to Mangla for onward proceeding to join the protestant participants of the Faizabad Sit-in.
However, they were reportedly stopped by the authorities of Punjab government as well as AJK at Mangla bridge – the gateway to this part of Kashmir, to avert any untoward incident.
No untoward incident occurred as the demonstration mostly remained peaceful.
Reports about holding of similar protest demonstration against the authorities operation against the participants of the Faizabad Sit-in were also reported in various other parts of AJK – which mostly remained peaceful. Details are awaited.