Death toll rises to 51 amid clashes in Indian-held Kashmir
Thousands of people marched in streets across Pakistan and the world on Wednesday observing ‘Black Day’ against growing violence in divided Kashmir.
Hundreds of people participated in rallies in Muzaffarabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan and other cities, chanting slogans against the Indian administration of Kashmir and the actions of its security forces in the valley.
Speakers urged the United Nations to intervene and resolve the Kashmir issue.
Violence erupted after Burhan Wani, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen – one of the groups fighting for freedom in Kashmir – was killed during a gunbattle with Indian forces.
The clashes are the deadliest in Muslim-majority Kashmir since 2010 when massive demonstrations were held against Indian rule.
Parts of Indian Kashmir have been under curfew for days and residents have complained of medicine shortages.
Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since independence in 1947, but both claim the Himalayan territory in full.