Source: Agencies03 Aug 2016 19:23:48

Islamabad, August 3: Pakistan saw wide protest after the Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived at Islamabad on Wednesday evening to attend the 7th meeting of the SAARC home ministers on Thursday. Before his departure to Pakistan, the Minister said that the two day conference provides a platform to discuss issues relating to security and underscore the importance of meaningful cooperation within the region against terrorism and organised crime.
However, Protestors took to streets at several places in Pakistan.  Civil society groups and religious and hardline organisations staged protests against his visit in Islamabad and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Indian flag tricolor was burnt. In Islamabad, the express highway was blocked by a large number of workers of the Hurriyat Conference.

Activists of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen, United Jihad Council (UJC) and other such group protested to denounce Singh’s trip to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministerial conference being hosted by Pakistan.

These groups have also warned of protests against the visit. These groups accused Singh of having a role in the widespread violence in Jammu and Kashmir triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani last month.

The protesters in Islamabad and PoK alleged Indian authorities were continuing to target Kashmiris and the Pakistani government should snap relations with India. Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while talking to a Pakistan TV news channel, said SAARC countries should be urged to resolve the Kashmir issue.

A JuD caravan on Tuesday, led by Talha Saeed, the son of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, had staged a sit-in at the Line of Control near Chakothi in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), where they were stopped by Pakistani security forces. Earlier, Hafiz Saeed has warned the government that Singh’s presence in Islamabad may create “unrest” among Kashmiris as well as Pakistanis in the face of scores of killings in Kashmir.