In a response to the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 — scrapping the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) — Pakistan observed ‘Kashmir hour’ across its borders on Friday.
The Kashmir hour protest comes a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan urged people to come out on the roads for about half an hour starting noon to stand in “solidarity with Kashmiri people” and oppose “Indian fascist oppression” and the “inhumane” clampdown in the Valley.
Khan on Friday addressed a large gathering outside his office urging all Pakistanis to stand in support of Kashmiris, whether they are school students or shopkeepers.
He added that he has also called for support from the international community — for if they don’t, the effect would be felt across the whole world.
People from all walks of life including banks, lawyers, traders and military personnel participated in the Kashmir hour demonstrations.
People during the #KashmirHour at PMO. Pakistan’s message can’t reach Kashmir as of now due to the blackout, but the message must have surely reached Delhi; Pakistan will NOT back down from the Kashmir cause. pic.twitter.com/7eqGeShoaN
— PTI (@PTIofficial) August 30, 2019
Moreover, during the demonstrations, the roads were blocked and only the ambulances were allowed to pass. Even the railway personnel was asked to stop for about a minute to allow the rail workers to take part in the protest.