Hundreds of university students and professors gathered at the UN observer offices in Muzaffarabad, in Pakistani-controlled Azad Kashmir on Thursday, protesting India's move to revoke the special autonomous status of the Jammu and Kashmir state.
The protesters, who gathered at the Jammu and Kashmir University and marched to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) offices, called for all of Kashmir to become an independent country and held signs denouncing the United Nations' and United States' inaction.
"We demand both occupied [Indian-controlled] and Azad [Pakistan] parts of Kashmir to be declared one country," said Qurat-ul-Ain, a student, adding that "We must raise our voices for their freedom. We will always support them."
On Monday, August 5, the Indian government revoked Article 370 of India's constitution, ending Kashmir's special autonomy, cutting off all communication links within the country and to the external world, and suspending schools and colleges. Security forces were deployed in the streets to restrict public movement.
The move provoked harsh reactions in Pakistan, leading Islamabad's authorities to announce they would cut bilateral trade with India and expel the Indian ambassador.