PoK activists demand independence from Pakistan


New Delhi: Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) activists have demanded independence from Pakistan saying there is no freedom in Azad Kashmir.

Voicing concern about the persecution of locals by Pakistani government, the activists urged the United Nations and world human rights bodies to stop victimization of local people by Pakistani forces.

One PoK activist Shabbir Choudhary said thought the region is called Azad Kashmir, there is no Azadi. He further said that the situation is getting from bad to worse.

Choudhary said: “They are creating enormous problems for the locals and people may be forced to migrate in the near future”.

Kashmiri political activists from all over Europe who have gathered in Birmingham, the UK to take part in International Kashmir conference on Peace slammed Pakistan for violating freedom of expression and speech, freedom of associations and freedom of peaceful assembly.

According to a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) routinely arrests pro-independence activists and also carries out massive surveillance operations to muzzle their voice.

Many activists have disappeared after their arrests and it is believed that they are killed by Pakistani military establishment and the ISI.

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