Geneva, Switzerland: People residing in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir held a protest outside UN Human Rights Council against the exploitation of natural resources from the region and demanded the closure of the terrorist training camps in the land.
The protests were jointly organised by United Kashmir People’s National Party (UPNP), Swiss Kashmir Human Rights and Jammu Kashmir International People’s Alliance (JKIPA) during the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council.
Exiled PoK leader Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri said, ‘We are victims of Pakistan’s neo-fascism, we are victims of Pakistani terrorism, we are deprived by the Pakistani establishment, our culture is under harassment, our villages and our people are under threat and all those people who raise a voice in favour of human rights they are under threat and being targeted”.
Kashmiri said that not only the PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan are the victims of Pakistan’s atrocities but the Baloch and Sindhis are facing genocide at the hands of the Pakistani establishment.
“We are not frightened. We are fighting for our historical basic rights”, said Shaukat in his address at Broken Chair in front of the United Nations.
He strongly condemned Pakistan’s Hybrid regime’s Endeavour’s to silence all voices of dissent by introducing new draconian laws to curb basic civil laws and the right of expression.
In a memorandum submitted to the UN, the protesters showed concern that the media and the journalists in Pakistan, PoK and Gilgit Baltistan never had a situation so bad where people fear for the lives of their loved ones.
PoK leaders are anxious about the growing land grabbing activities by the Pakistan army in various towns of occupied regions. It said, “We recognise that the Pakistani army and other agencies need land for their business projects and housing societies in the towns across PoK, which are endowed with natural beauty and resources.
A protester from PoK said, “The occupiers should comprehend that this land and resources belong to us, and we will not allow anyone to occupy them and use them to advance their business interests”.
The protesters also raised the issue of enforced disappearances and torture of political leaders in PoK, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by the Pakistani secret agencies.
The PoK leaders asked the United Nations to notify Pakistan that the policy of acting as a firefighter and an arsonist at the same is being totally exposed before the world community, therefore, must abandon old policies of exporting extremism and terrorism and learn to live in peace with its neighbours.