Dozens were injured in Kotli town of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as Pakistani police lathi-charged demonstrators carrying out a protest rally demanding their share of rights in the country.
The demonstrators have been claiming that they have been denied basic livelihood under Islamabad’s seven-decade rule in the region.
The reports were later backed by images which showed the barbarity of law enforcement agencies against the peaceful protestors in the region. Police also lobbed tear gas shells which exacerbated the damage.
A series of protests have erupted across PoK over a step-motherly treatment meted out by Islamabad. While the security forces have been given a free hand to deal with voices of dissent in the region, local residents are hopeful of a changed approach under the present dispensation led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
This is not the first time protests have erupted in PoK. Regional groups have been crying that Pakistani authorities have been giving a novercal treatment to the citizens of the region. “This is our tax money which is filling the coffers of the rulers. We have been trying to build a hospital for years. Prime Ministers, one after the other, have only made empty promises. We just want our rights.”ANI quoted a protestor as saying. “We don’t want our children to blame us like the way we do our ancestors. So, get up and move forward to claim your rights,” the protester added.
Several injured in Kotli town of #Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) after police baton-charged demonstrators who were carrying out Anti-Pak protest demanding their due share of rights. (27.08.18) pic.twitter.com/D3hfuujHkr
— ANI (@ANI) August 28, 2018
In January, massive protests had erupted in Rawalkot in PoK against Islamabad’s support to terror activities in the region. Blaming Islamabad for providing training and finances to terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, the protestors had demanded that they are treated like citizens and isolated from the shadow of terrorism.