JuD, other groups hold rally against India in PoK

On Nov 2, Pakistan granted MFN status to India, reciprocating a 15-year-old gesture.

Updated: Nov 25, 2011, 18:25 PM IST

Islamabad: Hundreds of members of banned extremist and terror groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammed and Jamaat-ud-Dawah, joined a rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Friday to protest the government`s move to normalise trade ties with India.

JuD leader Abdul Aziz Alvi, who was briefly detained by Pakistani authorities in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, told the protestors: "We will never accept this decision".

The rally was held in the main square of PoK capital Muzaffarabad.

Today`s rally comes a day after similar protest was organised in Lahore yesterday.

At the rally in PoK, the protestors, mostly members of the LeT, JeM, JuD and Jamaat-e-Islami, shouted slogans against the Pakistan government and India.

They were joined by supporters of the main opposition PML-N party.

The protesters later blocked the main road in the centre of Muzaffarabad by burning tyres.

Pakistan`s cabinet last month said it had approved a proposal to normalise trade ties with India. Officials have said the process will eventually lead to the granting of Most Favoured Nation-status to India.

The JuD, declared a front for the LeT by the UN Security Council, has been spearheading protests against the move to give India the MFN status.