MUZAFFARABAD: A committee composed of the heads of the political and religious parties of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has decided to postpone a proposed march towards the Control Line (LoC) until the speech of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 27.
A committee meeting chaired by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider was held on Saturday at the Kashmir House in Islamabad.
On August 9, four days after India removed the special status of occupied Kashmir through a hasty presidential order and put the entire territory under closure, Mr. Haider convened a multiparty meeting to discuss the situation and reach a unanimous course of action.
As a broad understanding at the meeting was to make a march towards LoC, the mandate of Prime Minister AJK was that of the participants to establish modalities and set a date for it. However, the matter could not be advanced due to Haider's month-long foreign tour.
Upon his return on September 11, a general meeting of some leaders and representatives of political and religious parties was held, but a decision on the matter was postponed again until Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech at a rally in Muzaffarabad on Friday.
At Friday's demonstration, Mr. Haider spoke about the same demand and desire in AJK to "trample the LoC".
Responding to this, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he knew that the majority of young people in AJK wanted to organize a march in the LoC for passion and commitment.
However, he urged them to defer a march until they fight their case at the UN General Assembly.
Posted on Dawn, September 15, 2019