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Pakistani officials briefing to a delegation of diplomats and media in occupied Kashmir (Photo Source: Dawn)

23 October 2019, Wednesday

Pakistan arranges for a visit of 23 diplomats to the LoC to showcase Indian shelling

Balochistan divided over Fazlur’s Azadi March; JUI issues guidelines for Azadi March

PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

Balochistan divided over Fazlur’s Azadi March

The Home Minister of Balochistan - Mir Ziaullah Langove announced that the Balochistan government would not allow Fazlur Rahman to hold the Azadi march in the province.

Referring to an enemy hatching conspiracy against Pakistan, the Home Minister commented “In the prevailing situation, permission for the march cannot be granted.”

However, one of the coalition partners – the Awami National Party, has announced its support to the march.  Muhammad Asghar Achakzai of the ANP announced: “The ANP will fully participate in the ‘Azadi March’ in Balochistan and its leadership and workers will reach Islamabad.” (Dawn, 23 October 2019)

Outside the ANP, another provincial heavyweight – the National Party has conveyed its willingness to back Fazlur’s Azadi march.


JUI issues guidelines for Azadi March

The Fazlur Rahman faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) has issued a detailed guidelines of dos and donts for the Azadi march scheduled next week.

The participants have been asked to come with adequate ration that would support them for a minimum of four days.  And in Islamabad, they could stay for a minimum of seven days, and could be extended further.

The workers, supporters and students of the JUI-F have also been asked to bring their academic books and the Holy Quran.

The provincial amirs of JUI-F have issued these guidelines to the party members.

The guidelines also ask the participants to bring clothing, bed sheets, blankets, dried fruit, umbrellas, mobile phone chargers, water bottles, etc. They have also been asked not to carry licensed or illegal weapons, knives, batons, stick rods, etc. (Dawn, 23 October 2019)

At the district level, each of them have also been asked to bring a crane to remove obstacles on roads and also ensure that they bring an ambulance for any emergency. According to a Dawn report, the “ambulances must have ample quantity of salt and water for a situation in which police use tear gas to disperse protesters. The ambulance would move under the guide of district-level emirs of the party.” (Dawn, 23 October 2019)


Pakistan arranges for a visit of 23 diplomats to the LoC to showcase Indian shelling

A delegation of 23 diplomats, according to media reports in Pakistan, were taken to the Line of Control on the Pakistani occupied Kashmir side to show the “targets and the damage caused by Indian shelling.” The visit also included representatives from local and foreign media representatives, was aimed at exposing the “fallacy of Indian claims”.

The media reports do not specify the missions from where the delegates joined. However it underlines about the invitation to the Indian High Commission. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor was quoted to have complained against the Indian High Commission for staying away from the trip. “What good Indian High Commission is which can’t stand with its Army Chief? Indian High Commission staff didn’t have the moral courage to accompany fellow diplomats in Pakistan to LoC.”

The Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing was quoted to have said: “Daily life has been disturbed. I did not see any terror camp.” (Dawn, 23 October 2019)

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