Rallies across AJK against US plan to attack Iraq
7 January 2003
Muzaffarabad: The Nationalist Parties held protest demonstrations throughout AJK on Tuesday against expected US attack on Iraq. Hundreds of activists of Jammu and Kashmir National Awami party (JKNAP), Jammu and Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) and National Liberation front thronged to streets in state capital Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Bagh, Kotli and Mirpur to record protest and hatred against US, Israel and India. Big anti-US, India, and Israel demonstrations were held in AJK capital and Rawalakot under the auspices of JKNAP and JKNSF. The Activists of JKNAP and NSF were carrying banners and play-cards inscribed with anti-US, Israel and Indian slogans and carrying red flags marched to central press club from Upper Adha while chanting slogans against US, India and Israel. “US, India and Israel the real axis of evil”, “attack on Iraq no no no” banners and play-cards read. Nationalist leaders, professor Kaleeq, Shaukat Ghani Advocate, Shujat Kazmi, Sajad Gujwal and Saba Hussain while addressing protesters termed US, Israel, India and Britain as real terrorists and anti- humanity. They said that US and its allies have been determined to kill humanity to usurp natural resources of Iraq. They said that US should take the issue to UNSC if Iraq possesses any weapon of masses destruction. US has no right to attack Iraq, they remarked. Jammu State Morcha to launch agitation The Jammu State Morcha has announced to launch regionwide agitation if the Wazir Commission report was not implemented as promised by the coalition government in its common minimum programme. In a joint statement the Morcha leaders, including Prof Virender Gupta, H.B. Khajuria, and Tilak Raj Sharma, said 20 years ago the Wazir Committee had recommended the creation of three more districts of Reasi, Samba and Kishtwar, but so far the successive governments had not cared to implement the report, Tribune News Service reported. The Morcha leaders said the demand of district status for Sunderbani, Billawar, Hiranagar, Ramban and R.S. Pora had surfaced and “we have promised to create 15 districts in case the Jammu region, which has six districts at present, was given statehood status.” They urged the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, to carve three new districts.