SRINAGAR: Hafiz Muhammad Saeed-led pro-Kashmir rally, named ‘Caravan for Kashmir’, reached Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Wednesday with hundreds of participants waving flags and blasting nationalist songs.
According to Pakistan-based media, Saeed, chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its arm Jamaatud Dawa, and Liaquat Baloch led the rally that started from Masjid-e-Shuhada on the Mall Road on Tuesday.
The rally’s first stop was Shahdara from where it ran to Muridke and reached Gujranwala through Kamoke, the reports said.
The participants, they said, spent the night in Jhelum and left for Islamabad in the morning.
Abdullah Gul, son of former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence Hamid Gul, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sirajul Haq, members of Muslim League-Zia, Izazul Haq, son of former dictator Ziaul Haq are said to be among those rallying, they said.
Speaking at the rally in Lahore on Tuesday, Saeed said in the first phase the ‘Kashmir Caravan’ would reach Islamabad to “wake up” the members of the National Assembly and Senate to raise their voice for the rights of Kashmiris.
In the next phase, he said, it would leave for Muzaffarabad and Chakothi in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to raise voice for freedom of Kashmiris.
“And in the third phase we (caravan) will march into occupied Kashmir and we will continue marching till Kashmiris get freedom,” Saeed said.
The founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba who carries a USD 10-million bounty on his head again demanded the Pakistan government immediately suspend “diplomatic and trade” ties with India, expel the Indian ambassador here and recall its envoy from New Delhi.
—With PTI inputs