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‘Butcher of Kashmiris, Pakistan Army’ slogans rent the air in PoK

The protesters demanded an inquiry about the suspicious death of Arish Shahid, who was the chairman of the all-parties national alliance in Pak-occupied Kashmir
Protesters raise anti Pakistan slogans in PoK's Gilgit

India’s surgical attack on terror launchpads across the Line of Control has evoked many responses. Now, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has made headlines after Kotli district in the region witnessed a protest against the Pakistan Army and their secret service agency Inter Service Intelligence.  

The agitators raised slogans mentioning the cruelties of the Pak army and ISI like ‘Butcher of Kashmiris, Pakistan Army’ and ‘Dogs are more loyal than ISI’.

The protesters demanded an inquiry about the suspicious death of Arish Shahid, who was the chairman of the all-parties national alliance in Pak-occupied Kashmir.

Shahid was a staunch opponent of the Pak army’s intervention in Pak-occupied Kashmir and was shot dead in Rawalpindi outside his house on May 14, 2013, but investigation about his death has not yet made any development. The ISI is widely blamed for the cold-blooded act against the PoK leader.  

The All party national alliance estimates that more than 100 pro-freedom activists in PoK have been killed by Pakistan secret agencies in the last two years. Shahid had conducted agitations against fake encounters by the army, extra-judicial killings and state sponsored violence on the leaders who are against Pakistan.

There have been a series of anti Pakistan protests in PoK and in Balochistan in the past. Earlier, a protest was organised in PoK against the rigged polls through which prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) came to power.

The United Nations has never intervened in the matter but this time expressed their concern over the human rights violation happening in PoK, maintaining that they have been urging political parties in Pakistan to resolve their differences peacefully through a valid political process.

Mark Toner, US state department spokesperson, said they knew about human rights violations in PoK long before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned it. Modi had mentioned about the atrocities that Pakistan is conducting on the Balochis in his Independence Day address at Red fort.  

“Sure, well, I would respectfully beg to differ. We do have concerns about the human rights situation there, have reported it for several years in our Human Rights Report, and we’ve obviously – are always urging all parties in Pakistan to work out their differences peaceably and through a valid political process. And with respect to Kashmir, our policy there is well known,” the US state department spokesperson said.

Days ago, exiled Baloch leader Khan of Kalat Amir Suleman Daud had lashed out against Pakistan for the military sponsored clampdown in Balochistan. According to reports, he said the Pakistan army is killing Balochs and burning their homes every day.

Another exiled Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, who is the founder of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) and has been listed as a ‘terrorist’ by Pakistan, requested the Indian Embassy in Geneva for asylum in India.

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