Khan Warns Against Crossing Line of Control— Pro-Independence Group Going Anyway

  • As Khan tweeted, activists of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), were marching to the LoC.
  • KLF leader, Dr. Toqeer Gilani, said the march is meant in solidarity with Kashmiris living on the other side of the LoC.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front calls for an "independent Kashmir."

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he understands “the anguish of the Kashmiris in AJK seeing their fellow Kashmiris in IOJK under an inhumane curfew for over 2 months.” However, he said  that crossing the Line of Control (LoC) would only strengthen the Indian narrative.

Neither India nor Pakistan has formally recognised the accession of the areas claimed by the other. India claims those areas, including the area “ceded” to China by Pakistan in the Trans-Karakoram Tract in 1963, are a part of its territory, while Pakistan claims the entire region excluding Aksai Chin and Trans-Karakoram Tract.

Khan posted these messages on Twitter at a time when activists of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), a pro-independence group in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, rallied the general public to the Line of Control of Indian-occupied Kashmir. They were marching to the LoC to express solidarity against the ongoing lockdown.

According to news sources, the march began on Friday from Bhimbar, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The march reached Muzaffarabad overnight through Kotli, Rawalkot, and Dhirkot, from where the participants of the march visited LoC’s Chakothi checkpoint.

In his statement, the Prime Minister said that any Pakistani who crosses the LoC to help the people of Indian-administered Kashmir or support them in the struggle will ‘play into the hands of the Indian narrative. He wrote that any such move would allow India to increase the violence against the marginalized people in Indian-administered Kashmir and attack the Line of Control.

On the other hand, JKLF leader, Dr. Toqeer Gilani, said the march is meant in solidarity with Kashmiris living on the other side of the LoC. Talking to reporters, he demanded the government of Pakistan, and Indian-administered Kashmir, to allow them and their supporters to cross the LoC.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front calls for an “independent Kashmir.” In early September, a JKLF faction held a four-day sit-in against the lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir at the Line of Control’s Territorial Note Crossing Point. Prior to the sit-in, when the participants marched from Mirpur towards the Tetri Note, the participants were stopped by the police at Daorandri after Kotli Saraswas and Hajira, causing violent clashes between the two and several people to be injured.

Strict security arrangements have been made in view of today’s protests. Commissioner of the Muzaffarabad Division, Chaudhry Imtiaz, told reporters that it was not possible to allow anyone to go to the LoC in view of the security situation, so as to ensure the safety and security of the march participants.

India has unsuccessfully tried to cross the LoC three times since August 5, with various people against the abolition of its special status in Kashmir and the ongoing lockdown. Earlier in 1990 and 1992, the JKLF and the National Students Federation (NSF) separately tried to cross the LoC on behalf of the minor, in which several youths succeeded but were hit by Indian Army bullets.

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is a political organisation active in both Pakistan-administered and Indian-administered Kashmir. After 1994, the JKLF in Kashmir Valley, under the leadership of Yasin Malik, declared an ‘indefinite ceasefire’ and reportedly disbanded its military wing.

What is the significance of Butterfly Note?

Located an hour and a half from Rawlakot, the historic town of Poonch, in the Indian-administered Kashmir district, is just ten kilometers across the Tetra Notting Crossing Point. After the agreement between the governments of Pakistan and India, Kashmiris started to come to these crossing points in 2005 and in 2008 the trade route was opened. There are a total of three crossing points on the LoC: Butterfly Note, Chakothi, and Challah terminals.

The third note is the only place where the pulse of the authorities is still going on, that is, the communication between the two sides remains intact. According to travel and trade authority officials, the Butterfly Note crossing point was open four times a week for trade, and once opened for travelers only on Monday.

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