Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for a rally in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Azad Kashmir jurisdiction, on Friday, September 13, to show support for Kashmiri people. The call followed Pakistan's joint statement in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) session in Geneva on Tuesday, September 10, asking for the United Nations (UN) to ensure that India ends restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir.
The rally serves as an additional call for weekly "Kashmir Hour'' demonstrations, taking place from 12:00 to 12:30 (local time) every Friday since August 30.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected near all associated rallies.
On September 7, a pro-independence protest held 80 km (50 mi) south of Muzaffarabad led to clashes with Pakistani authorities, as well as to the arrest of 22 protesters.
India and Pakistan both claim sovereignty over Kashmir, which has been the focus of periodic violent conflict since 1947.
Following a cabinet meeting on August 5, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which granted Jammu and Kashmir a special status, be revoked. He also proposed that Jammu and Kashmir be reorganized as a Union Territory with an Assembly, and Ladakh be a separate Union Territory with no legislature. After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet services in many areas.
Individuals in Pakistan are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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