ISLAMABAD - The Kashmiris at both sides of the Line of Control, the Indian Held Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, took to the streets on Friday to protest against Pakistan's decision of granting the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. The protests were held on the call of All Parries Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in the IHK while that of All Parties Conference (APC) on Kashmir in the AJK. Some parts of Pakistan also observed protests and rallies against the development. According to reports gathered from Srinagar, massive public congregations were held in Sanwar, Hazratbal, Hari Parbat, Nohata, Badami Bagh and Munawarabad. Led by the Chairman APHC Syed Ali Gilani, the protestors as well as political leaderships demanded of Pakistani government to withdraw the MFN status recently given to India. The demonstrations were actively participated by the APHC (Mirwaiz group) and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Talking to TheNation by phone, Syed Ali Gilani regretted that the Kashmiri leadership was only allowed to lead processions in the early hours of Friday and was house-arrested by the Indian security forces later. "When they (Indian forces) saw ever-growing number of people participating in the protests, they lost their nerves and confined us to our homes in desperation," he said. According to Gilani, apart from him, the house-arrested Kashmiri leaders included Chairman JKLF Yasin Malik, Chairman APHC (Mirwaiz Group) Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Bilal Lone. Following their forced confinements, the Hurriyat leaders telephonically addressed a large number of youths in Sanwar, outside the office of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). This was followed by the submission of a resolution with the UN body pressing the UN to play its part in liberating IHK from Indian control. Reports of violent crackdowns and baton-charging by the Indian forces, in order to disperse the protestors, were also received mainly from Baramula, Anatnag and parts of Jammu. Spokesperson IHK Government G.A. Wani told TheNation that the state government of Jammu and Kashmir fully supported the Kashmiris right to self-determination. He denied that the IHK government had any hand in inflicting violence over protestors. "We're not part of the crackdowns and we strongly condemn them. Indian forces are administered by the central government and not the state government." Asked to comment on Pakistan's granting of MFN status to India, Wani said, "We, being the Kashmiris, stand by our brothers in every action they initiate in pursuit of self determination." Opposition Leader in IHK legislative Assembly Mehbooba Mufti said that opposition would shortly move a resolution in the Legislative Assembly condemning the MFN status for India. "It would be Pakistan and Kashmir's economic destruction," she said referring to the Pakistani Cabinet's decision to confer India with MFN. Mufti spoke to this newspaper from Anantnag where she led processions. Meanwhile, all the mainstream parties in the AJK including AJK People's Party, Muslim Conference (MC), Jamat-e-Islami and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) actively participated in the protest demonstrations organised in Muzzaffarabad. Jamat-ud-Dawa, a banned outfit also held protests in Muzaffarabad and Lahore. In a conversation with this scribe, the PML-N AJK President Raja Farooq Haider said, "We are not against development and economic boom but giving MFN status to India would turn out to be a very costly affair for Pakistan. Indian multi-national companies have monopolistic position in the regional and international trade. They would outwit Pakistan. The balance of trade does not favour us." Haider alleged that India, using some neighbouring states was lobbying to "Push Pakistan and China to the wall." He said that trading with India by means of granting it MFN status has to be a decision that must be a "Product of united will of people and political leadership." Haider also slammed Pakistani government and national security organisations for what he termed as their failure to "Protect the strategic interests of Pakistan and Kashmir."