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Pakistan holds rallies on Kashmir solidarity day

Published on Feb 5, 2014 8:00 PM

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistanis staged rallies and demonstrations across the country on Wednesday to express solidarity with Kashmiris struggling for independence from India.

Kashmir, a picturesque Himalayan region, is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both.

About a dozen rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces since 1989 either for Kashmir's independence or for its merger with Pakistan.

In Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, around 1,000 people formed a human chain to express solidarity with what they called freedom fighters in the Indian-administered sector.

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