Transgender persons hold demo, Journalists marched towards LoC to show solidarity with Kashmir

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Transgender persons chant anti India slogans during a demonstration to express solidarity with India-occupied Kashmir, in Lahore on Saturday.

The demonstrators raised placards with inscribed slogans against the Indian government’s Kashmir move and crackdown launched against innocent people in occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, police stopped hundreds of journalists from symbolically trying to cross the Line of Control (LoC), to show solidarity with journalists and civilians in India-occupied Kashmir.

The march started from Central Press Club Muzaffarabad with the participants carrying two truckloads of medicines and dry ration to pass them on to the Indian forces for aid of the residents in the Himalayan valley.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), has organised the rally to condemn New Delhi’s move on Kashmir, which imposed restrictions on media and locked down the valley.

“This is the first solidarity rally of any journalists body in the world to show solidarity with families of martyred journalists, media persons, after restrictions were imposed on media and innocent people were killed by occupation forces in Kashmir”, Iftikhar Mashwani, Vice President of PFUJ earlier said in a statement.

Police officer Arshad Naqvi said the journalists’ vehicles were stopped around 7 kilometres (4 miles) from the Line of Control, which divides the Himalayan region.

Meanwhile, British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan announced on Saturday that he will visit the Pakistani side of LoC as part of a “humanitarian visit to raise his voice for peace”.

“a lot of innocent people are suffering,” he tweeted.

He thanked Pakistan Army spokesperson Maj General Asif Ghafoor for the opportunity to let him visit the LoC.

“I’m visiting Pakistan, Line of Control (LOC), to make my voice heard, bring greater awareness to the terrible situation in Kashmir and call for peace,” he said in another tweet.

Additional input by Agencies