Rawalkot, May 25: The movements, voices of locals in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is slowly and steadily rising effectively just because of Islamabad’s worst rule and apathy as it continues to suppress the people of PoK. Notably, more Pakistan tries to suppress the voice of PoK more it raises. The massive protest was carried out by the locals of PoK against Pakistan over illegal detention of political leaders.
The protesters gathered largely in Rawalkot and started demanding the immediate release of political leaders and also raised 'Azadi' slogans against Pakistan. The Jammu Kashmir Awami National Party (JKNAP) on Wednesday raised anti-Pakistan slogans and held rallies in Rawalakot, Muzaffarabad, Kotli and other parts of the PoK.
The protestors also raised the issue of illegal imprisonment of top political leaders like Baba Jan, who has been awarded imprisonment for 40 years for raising his voice against Pakistan. The protestors heavily raised the anti-Pakistan slogans and further demanded the immediate release of Baba Jan who is in a Pakistani Jail along with hundreds of other Kashmiri prisoners.
Notably, Baba Jan is Gilgit's leading political figure, who questioned Pakistan's occupation of Kashmir. Following this, he was jailed for nearly two years along with hundreds of his supporters. Later, the Pakistani intelligence services tried him in a military court which sentenced him to 40 years of rigorous imprisonment.
However, this is not the first time when the voices of locals have raised against Pakistan’s oppressive policies and grave human rights violations in PoK. Earlier also massive protests called by lawyers across the Pakistan occupied region of Gilgit-Baltistan against Pakistan’s illegal move to declare it as the fifth province. Later, thousands erupted on the streets of Pakistan over looting the natural resources of PoK.
Interestingly, British Parliament also passed a motion condemning Islamabad's announcement declaring Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as its fifth province. British Parliament said that Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir which was illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.
Gilgit-Baltistan is a legitimate part of Jammu and Kashmir when the accession document was signed by Raja Hari Singh in 1947. But the betrayal of some British officers and raised communal sentiments hijacked the Gilgit-Baltistan at that time. The map of Jammu and Kashmir features the area as part of India.
In 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded the Shaksgam Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan to China in a 1963 border agreement. The area is significant to both Pakistan and China as the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through the region. Interestingly, it is also believed that due to China’s pressure Pakistan is planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan its 5th Province.
The Gilgit-Baltistan occupied by Pakistan covers 85,793 sq km and is treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan. It has a regional assembly and an elected chief minister. The area was divided in 1970 into two: Mirpur-Muzaffarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and the Federally Administered Gilgit-Baltistan.