Residents of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) took to the streets to protest against the ‘atrocities’ committed by Pakistan on innocent citizens. Although anti-Pakistan protests have been taking place in PoK for weeks, the protests reached a head on Sunday on the occasion of annual Kashmir Solidarity Day, observed in ‘support’ of Kashmiri people.
PoK residents claimed that Pakistan denied basic human rights in the region and committed atrocities on innocent citizens through its intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and its government administration.
The protesters claimed that ISI is calling all the shots in the administration and there is no civil liberty or fundamental rights in PoK. They also alleged that those who do not agree with the occupation by Pakistan are persecuted and tortured while authorities muzzle the voice of the people, curbing the basic right of freedom of speech.
Those attempting to expose Pakistan’s real face to the world, such as journalists, bloggers, civil rights activists all are targeted for speaking out.