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PoK people protests against Pakistani security forces

Protesters have taken to the streets in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 13 2016 12:35PM | Updated Date: Aug 13 2016 12:36PM

PoK people protests against Pakistani security forces

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People stage a protest against Pakistan army in Gilgit. They raised anti-Pakistan slogans and asked Pakistan army to leave them. Over 500 people have been arrested by Pakistan security forces during the protest.

 

Protesters have taken to the streets in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) against human rights abuses and crackdown by the Pakistani security forces. Over 500 youth, including Gilgit's top political activist Baba Jan, have been taken under custody by forces.

 

Angry protesters said these young men were imprisoned for demanding political rights and asking the Pakistani army to leave. Raising anti-Pakistan slogans, angry protesters came on the streets in Gilgit town, Astore, Diamer and Hunza areas which is Shia-dominated area in Pakistan.

 

The political crackdown and arrests in Gilgit further infuriated people and they further protest against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which they said would only benefit China and Pakistan's Punjabi traders.

 

The youth of Gilgit are not being involved in any manner with the CPEC and those who are protesting are being harshly dealt with, protesters said.