Backing India Lands PoK Leaders In Jail

Backing India Lands PoK Leaders In Jail

18 April 2011
Times of India
M. Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Two top National Awami Party leaders, Imran Shahzad and Naheem Iqbal Khwaja, were arrested in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for rooting for Team India during the World Cup, particularly during the Mohali semifinal, writes Dr Shabir Choudhry, a Pakistani national and director of Institute of Kashmir Affairs in London in his latest blog. 'It's an offence to support the Indian cricket team in PoK,' he writes. The two National Awami Party stalwarts from Dadyal, district Mirpur, were arrested a day after the Mohali match. The Kashmir National Party has come out strongly against the arrest of National Awami Party leaders, Imran Shahzad and Naheem Iqbal Khwaja, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for rooting for Team India during the World Cup,especially during the Mohali semifinal. Kashmir National Party secretary general in PoK, Yasin Anjumm, said, 'The Kashmiri nationalists are very angry over this, and people are expressing their anger against Pakistan and their oppressive policies.' 'Liberate Muzaffarabad first and not Srinagar...' should be the new slogan for Kashmris, writes Dr Shabir Choudhry, a Pakistani national and director of Institute of Kashmir Affairs in London, in his latest blog. He points out that in the past, some Kashmiri parties supported by Pakistani secret agencies were groomed on the slogan 'Liberate Srinagar first, and not Muzaffarabad'. 'By implication, it meant that only the Indian side is occupied and Pakistani side of Kashmir is free.'


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