Massive protests in Gilgit-Baltistan against Pakistan Army, government's human rights violations- WATCH


Key Highlights

  • the protests have been taking place for the past four days
  • People have been demanding the release of detained local leaders

New Delhi: Massive protests broke out in Gilgit-Baltistan area in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) against the atrocities by Pakistan Army and government. The protestors have demanded the release of political prisoners and have alleged that the state machinery has been violating human rights of the local population.

Raising slogans of - Ye jo dehshatgardi hain, uske peechhe vardi hain (Administration/ uniform is behind the violation) - thousands of protestors have taken to streets for the past four days. Visuals showed political leaders, men, women and people from across strata taking to streets against the suppression by Pakistan government.

India snubs Pakistan at UN platforms

The protests may be viewed against Pakistan government's newfound attempts to project itself as the defender of human rights at global platforms such as the United Nations. Islamabad has vehemently attacked New Delhi alleging human rights violations in Kashmir. While India has vociferously thrashed Pakistan's attempts by highlighting how the minorities in that country have been reduced from 23 per cent at the time of independence to merely three-four per cent by now.

Most recently, responding to Pakistan's claims in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), India had said, "Ahmadis remain the most persecuted community in Pakistan under the aegis of the so-called Constitution of Pakistan. Hundreds of Christians are persecuted every year while the maximum of them are subjected to violent deaths in Pakistan.”

Pakistan PM Imran Khan has vehemently targetted India at the United Nations, more so, in light of India's decision to abrogate Article 370 and revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The former cricketer also went to the extent of threatening to call the decision a flashpoint between two 'nuclear-nations'. Numerous efforts by that country to corner India on Article 370 have received a muted response from the international community.



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