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Pakistanis hoist three-mile Kashmir flag in solidarity march

Kashmiris are under an ongoing lockdown by India, which stripped the region of its semi-autonomy in early August.

(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

By Associated Press Reporters

A giant Kashmiri flag has been unfurled by thousands of Pakistani demonstrators, stretching three miles through the streets of Islamabad.

The solidarity protest in the Pakistani capital was to draw attention to Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region that remains divided between India and Pakistan but is claimed by both in its entirety.

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(Anjum Naveed/AP)

Sunday’s demonstration drew around 3,000 people chanting slogans in support of Kashmiris facing an ongoing lockdown by India, which stripped the region of its semi-autonomy in early August.

Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami also organised a pro-Kashmir rally in the garrison city of Abbottabad, which was attended by thousands.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

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