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04 Oct 2019 | 03:13 PM UTC

Pakistan: Kashmir-solidarity protest planned in Lahore October 6

Pakistan News Alert

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) group to hold Kashmir-solidarity protest in Lahore on October 6; heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Lahore

Event

The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) organization announced that it will stage a march in Lahore (Punjab province) on Sunday, October 6, in support of the people of Kashmir. Organizers stated that they expect thousands of people to participate in the march, which is set to take place on Mall Road.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any protest. Further protests are possible over the coming days and weeks and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.   

Context

Following a cabinet meeting on August 5, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah proposed to parliament that Article 370 in the Constitution, which accords Jammu and Kashmir state a special autonomous 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After New Delhi rescinded the state's effective constitutional autonomy, a curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir state on August 5, along with a blockage of landline and internet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. Kashmir-solidarity demonstrations and protests against India's proposed revocation of the state's special autonomous status have taken place regularly across Pakistan in the weeks following the announcement. 

Advice

Individuals in Lahore are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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