PoK Residents Protest Against Pakistani Army And ISI Over Atrocities And Fake Encounters

11:57 am 2 Oct, 2016


Widespread protests were reported in Kotli, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), with residents taking to streets to protest against atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The protesters raised issues like extra-judicial killings, fake encounters and brutalities committed on pro-Azadi leaders, who disagree with the Pakistan State.

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The angry mob raised slogans such as “Butcher of Kashmiris, Pakistan Army”, “Dogs are more loyal than ISI”.

The protesters demand an independent investigation into the murder of Arif Shahid, a major Kashmiri nationalist leader, chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA), and president of the Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Conference (JKNLC).

 

Shahid was the tallest leader of Pakistani Kashmiris. He raised the issue of atrocities on Pakistani Kashmiris in a democratic manner.

Sardar Arif Shahid, Chairman of the National Liberation Conference (NLC) and the Chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA) unitedkashmirjournal

Sardar Arif Shahid, Chairman of the National Liberation Conference (NLC) and the Chairman of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA) unitedkashmirjournal

In May 2013, he was murdered in his own home in Rawalpindi. Surprisingly, there was no condemnation of Shahid’s killing and no enquiry was ordered over his killing. Pakistani politicians and civil society members maintained a conspiratorial silence.

Shahid committed the mistake of staying back in Pakistan and not live in enforced exile like Baloch leaders Bugti, Murri and others. Shahid had been labeled an Indian agent by ISI.

According to an estimate by the APNA, more than one hundred pro-freedom political activists have been killed by the ISI over the past two years.

PoK residents have witnessed suppression and torture by Pakistan since 1947. “There has been a simmering discontent among people from PoK for a long time. It is because of the discrimination suffered by this region – not in terms of development but in the basic facilities provided with respect to health care and education,” according to Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs (MoS) Jitender Singh, representing Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur in the Lok Sabha.

The native people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) are suffering rape, torture and economic exploitation at the hands of non-state actors from Pakistan as well as China, who have been given free access to the region by Pakistan for mineral exploration, according to a human right activist.

According to Amir Ahmed Suleman Daud, the 35th Khan of Kalat, Balochistan, Pakistan has lost control over various territories and its frustration can be seen in the aggressive methods which the government is following in the provinces. He asserts that the the formation of a ‘government in exile’ is imminent.

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