POK ACTIVISTS DEMAND THE DISMANTLING OF TERROR CAMPS AS THEY STAGE AN ANTI-PAKISTAN PROTEST OUTSIDE THE UN

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Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) political activists staged a protest against Pakistan to draw attention to the struggles that the people of the region experience as a result of a number of problems, such as the rise in fundamentalism and terrorism.

On Wednesday, during the 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, there was a protest against the breaches of human rights committed by Pakistan and its occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Carrying banners with inscriptions like ‘Stop land grabs occupying hilltops in PoK and Gilgit Baltistan’ and ‘Stop human rights violations in PoJK and Gilgit Baltistan,’ activists from the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) and Swiss Kashmir Human Rights were observed.

“Our main purpose was to highlight the miseries and plight of the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, where people are protesting for their basic rights,” stated Nasir Aziz Khan, the central spokesperson for the United Kashmir People’s National Party. People are protesting and demanding that Pakistan grant them control of their natural resources and self-rule since they are being denied and have had their rights violated. People are demonstrating and calling for Pakistan to remove the unlawful taxes that are applied on electricity bills.

Thereafter, activists expressed their concerns about the existence of terror camps in the area and the growing influence of fundamentalism during an event hosted by the UKPNP at the John Knox Centre.

“The conference aimed to address the scourge of terrorism, which has far-reaching impacts globally, particularly on communities advocating for peace and dignity,” stated UKPNP Chairman Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri. Because terrorism thwarts their attempts at peaceful cohabitation, democracies are seriously threatened.”

UKPNP member and human rights activist Sardar Asif stated: “Terrorist activities have an impact on the entire Jammu and Kashmir region.” Similarly, we denounce the impact that terrorism has had on Pakistani provinces like Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. We intend to bring up the matter of Pakistani-originating terrorism on multiple global forums.

Though political activists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan have expressed their concerns on a number of international forums, they are concerned with the UN’s silence.

The inability of the people living in the areas under Pakistan’s brutal occupation to access fundamental human rights including work, healthcare, education, and infrastructural development has caused them great hardship.

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