On Saturday, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti led a protest against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.
The demonstration was held near the PDP headquarters close to Sher-e-Kashmir Park in Srinagar, Kashmir. Mufti and PDP activists gathered, attempting to march toward the Lal Chowk city center. However, their progress was halted by a contingent of police officers near the General Post Office (GPO).
During the protest, the participants raised vocal condemnations against Israel, and Mehbooba Mufti herself was seen carrying the Palestinian flag.
Speaking to reporters, Mufti expressed her concerns about the situation in Gaza and its potential global ramifications. She stated: “About 1,500 children and thousands of other innocents have been killed in Palestine so far, but the world is watching as a mute spectator. When 500 children were killed in two years in Ukraine, the whole world cried, but today no one is speaking up.”
Mufti emphasized the potential consequences of the conflict and its impact on global security, saying: “There is oppression in Palestine; the supply of food, water, and medicines has been stopped, and people are being bombarded. Israel is doing to Palestine what was done to the Jews in the holocaust, and its consequences can be very grave in the coming times.”
The recent escalation in Gaza began on October 7 after Hamas launched a surprise attack near the Israeli territory outside the besieged enclave. According to Israeli officials, the conflict has led to the deaths of at least 1,400 people in Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel’s retaliatory bombardment has resulted in the deaths of at least 4,137 Palestinians in Gaza, including 1,524 children. In the occupied West Bank, 81 Palestinians have lost their lives.