Bilawal Bhutto calls Mirwaiz to "express solidarity" with people of Kashmir

| Updated: Jul 14, 2016 23:59 IST

Srinagar, July 14 (ANI): The Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto, on Thursday called up separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and expressed solidarity with people of Kashmir amid the ongoing unrest. Sources say that Bhutoo told the Awami Action Committee chairman that after Friday prayers, solidarity marches would be taken out across Pakistan to express solidarity with Kashmiris. "Spoke to @MirwaizKashmir & expressed condolences, condemnation & solidarity with the people of #Kashmir," Bhutto tweeted. Mirwaiz, meanwhile, appreciated Bhutto's concern for Kashmir. "Appreciate the support & concern of the people of Pakistan and their leadership @BBhuttoZardari," Mirwaiz tweeted in response. Mirwaiz had on Tuesday alleged that aggressive approach of the current Indian dispensation in Kashmiri led to violence and unrest in the state and warned that it could "lead to catastrophic consequences for the whole region". Addressing the people of India in the wake of protest-violence triggered by the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on Friday, he said, "I want to convey to the people of India that for the sake of humanity, peace and progress in the region they need to understand the truth and reality of Kashmir and play their role with regard to resolving this political issue." Meanwhile, normal life across the valley remains affected for close to a week now. Shops, business establishments, courts, petrol pumps and markets are closed in Srinagar. The attendance in government, semi-government offices and private offices is largely affected. The public transport is off the roads. (ANI)