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PoK residents want Pak to crack down on banned Jihadi groups freely operating in region

Muzaffarabad, Wed, 14 Sep 2011 ANI

Muzaffarabad, Sept 14(ANI): Hundreds of people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have warned to march towards Islamabad if Pakistani authorities fail to evacuate militants from the areas at de facto Indo-Pak border of Kashmir, according to a news report.


A large number of protestors, majority of them being school and college goers, marched in Athmuqam town against the alleged presence of militants, reports Press For Peace (PFP), a civil society organization working for peace in the region.


According to organisers of the march, the presence of militants is a "great threat for peace in their areas and they want to destabilize the prevailing ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan at the Line of Control (LoC)."


The protestors said that Pakistani authorities must take action against the banned Jihadi organizations which 'are freely operational in border areas of Kashmir.'


"Pakistan can not stop us to march to Islamabad if Jihadi groups are not pushed away from our homeland," Greater Kashmir quoted the protestors, as saying.


Students chanted slogans in favour of peace and carried placards with slogans: 'We want books and pens, not guns', and 'We want peace'.


Addressing the protestors, different civil society activists alleged that officials were intimidating locals after recent anti-radicals protests organised by local women.


"Rather than taking actions against militants,officials and authorities are harassing civilian population for voicing against the radicals," they alleged.


The protestors called upon India and Pakistan to continue the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC).


"Some people are engaged in business in the name of Jihad, but we would not allow them to use our land for their businesses," they added. (ANI)


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