LoC to be crossed if situation not eased; says Sultan Mahmood

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ISLAMABAD: Following meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and later with President Dr. Arif Alvi, Sultan Mahmood (Barrister), Chairman PTI-AJK chapter has announced to cross the Ceasefire Line in protest to Indian decision revoking Article 370 and 35-A to end the special status of J&K.

Addressing a press conference at his residence in Islamabad, Sultan Mahmood said that he has discussed this issue with President and Prime Minister both. “I have already started approaching people, political leaders and political parties individually. They all agree to march and to demolish this artificial line of division. This is a noble Kashmir cause and it is religious duty of all parties and people irrespective of their political differences to march towards LoC, cross it and meet their brothers and sisters in Islam in other part of Kashmir”, Sultan Mahmood.

“We are in process of preparations and once all aspects are finalised, we shall announce the date and venue from where we shall start marching. We are ready to sacrifice to our lives and will fight till the last drop of our blood”, he claimed.

Foreign embassies were especially requested to send their representatives to the press briefing upon which a number of foreign correspondents and diplomats were present at the occasion.

Earlier, Sultan Mahmood discussed the Kashmir situation and overall atmosphere with Imran Khan at PM House and Dr. Arif Alvi at the President House.

Foreign media

Meanwhile, a group of foreign media correspondents in Pakistan were taken on Thursday to visit the Line of Control (LoC) as tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi remain high over the Kashmir issue.

The visit was arranged by Pakistan Army and Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that the journalists reporting for foreign media organisations were briefed on the regional situation and Indian ceasefire violations across the LoC “deliberately targeting civilian population.”

Maj Gen Ghafoor also shared video clips and photos showing the foreign journalists receiving a briefing and interviewing local residents.