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Jammu & Kashmir witnesses rally against US, Israel
File photo shows demonstrators in the Indian-administered Kashmir staging an anti-US protest.
File photo shows demonstrators in the Indian-administered Kashmir staging an anti-US protest.
Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:1PM
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Braving cold weather, thousands of people have held a demonstration in the Indian-administrated Kashmir in protest against the US and Israeli atrocities.


Protesters have taken to the streets in the Magam area of the central Jammu and Kashmir Budgam district. “Down with the US!” and “Down with Israel!,” video footage has shown demonstrators shouting.

Protesters have also condemned the killings of Shia Muslims in Pakistan and called for unity among Muslims.

The Magam area has been rocked with protests after religious inscription was found on foreign footwear in November. The protests later spread to other parts of Kashmir and forced the authorities to impose a curfew for seven days.

On Friday, people staged rallies in Karachi in Pakistan to express outrage at the killings of Shia Muslims in the country.

Demonstrators carried pictures of their deceased loved ones and called on Islamabad to arrest and punish the killers and provide security for the Shia community in Pakistan.

“Government is not looking after people. They are not taking note of targeted killings, and now even ladies have been killed. We are here so they should know what is happening with us?” a female protester said.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Pakistani government has failed to stop violence against Shias who account for around 20 percent of the country’s 167-million-strong population.

Pro-Taliban militants have been involved in a violent campaign against Shia Muslims in Pakistan over the past years.

MR/HN
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