LAHORE - The Pakistan People’s party yesterday held a demonstration outside Lahore Press Club against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.

The protest was organised under the instructions of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Demonstration was led by PPP ex-president Samina Khalid Ghurki and former information secretary Faisal Mir.

A large number of PPP workers chanted anti-India and anti-Nawaz Sharif slogans. The PPP stalwarts were carrying a banner with blood stained picture of Nawaz Sharif and Indian PM Narendra Modi saying "Down with Nawaz-Modi friendship".

In her address, Samina Khalid Ghurki said that the PPP patron, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, started his politics by highlighting the Kashmir issue on international forums and “now Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is fighting for the Kashmir cause by taking it to ultimate extreme levels.”

She said that Kashmir is integral part of Pakistan and the PPP is always on the forefront to safeguard the rights of Kashmiris. She demanded the Indian government to stop atrocities on Kashmiris.

In his speech, Faisal Mir demanded Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a suo moto notice to investigate why PM Nawaz ignored the atrocities in integral part of Pakistan (IHK) until 35 Kashmiris were killed by Indian forces. He also demanded the CJ to launch an urgent investigation about business interests of Hussain Nawaz Sharif with Indian industrialist worldwide.

PPP candidate for Azad Kashmir Assembly Umar Sharif Bukhari said that Kashmiris have now seen the real face of Nawaz Sharif. “PPP will definitely win the elections in Azad Kashmir,” he said.

PPP leader Dr Zia Ullah Bangash said that Nawaz-Modi friendship turned into a nightmare for the people of Indian held Kashmir. The government should realise that hearts and minds of all Pakistanis are with Kashmiri people. “Pakistani government should hire some international lobbying firms in USA and Europe to muster international support for Kashmir cause,” he stressed.

Religious groups also took to the streets on the call of Jamaat-e-Islami and  Jamaatud Dawa.

Thousands of Pakistanis in different cities holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of Kashmir cause came at roads after Friday prayer and chanted slogans against Indian brutalities in held valley. They vowed to continue the moral support of the people fighting for freedom.

JI chief Sirajul Haq, amid the solidarity rallies, called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to immediately convene a meeting of the national leadership and announce a national policy of Kashmir similar to the NAP against terrorism.

“All ties with India be scrapped forthwith and the government announce all out support to the Kashmiris in line with the mood of the nation,” Siraj demanded. He said his party would stage Kashmir Liberation March from Lahore to Wagha border on July 31 to draw the world attention to the worsening situation in the held valley.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed announced to launch a countrywide movement jointly by all religious and political parties in support of Kashmir cause. He also announced to hold Kashmir Conference in Rawalpindi on July 19.

Leaders of PML-N, PPP, PTI, PML-Q, PAT and MWM issued separate statements backing the cause of Kashmir and expressing solidarity with the freedom fighters.

Pakistan Ulema Council urged the world leadership to play its role to put Indian atrocities to an end. The council also organised rallies and congregations in different cities in support of Kashmiri and to mark "Youm-e-Tehfuz Haramain Al-Sharifain.”

The JI stated that the Black Day was observed all over the country on the appeal of Sirajul Haq. The main JI-led protests were held in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Karachi.

JI Lahore chief Zikrullah Mujahid led the protest at The Mall in which hundreds of people participated and chanted slogans against India. Later the participants offered a funeral in absentia of Hizb commander Burhan Wani and other martyrs.