Srinagar: In a move that could upset India, Pakistan renamed ‘Kashmir Highway’ in its capital Islamabad as Srinagar Highway to pay ‘tributes to the struggle’ of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Dawn Reported Monday.
Pakistan’s Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed unveiled the plaque to rename the Kashmir Highway as ‘Srinagar Highway’, the report said. The highway, Saeed said will also be known as the “Road to Srinagar”.
“Saeed said the day is not far when the people of Islamabad and Muzaffarabad will collectively offer prayers at Jamia Mosque in Srinagar,” the report added.
The Minister said that the decision taken by government of India on August 5 was illegal and unilateral.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his speech at the Parliament in August last year, had expressed serious concerns that India’s August 5 action would not only affect the people of Kashmir but also minorities living in India, and that had proven correct in due course of time.
According to reports, direction boards on Faizabad, Golra Chowk, Dhokari Chowk, Islamabad Expressway have been changed with a new name ‘Srinagar Highway’.
The Government of Pakistan will officially inaugurate Srinagar Highway on 5 August 2020, the report added.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had announced to observe ‘Youm-e-Istehsal-e-Kashmir’ on August 5
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