New Delhi: In huge trouble for Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, locals in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have hit the streets to protest against the administration. The protesters are demanding freedom from the clutches of Pakistan.
To thwart the protests, Pakistani Army was ordered to clamp down on the agitators.
Ever since July, PoK region has been witnessing unrest, with hundreds of people coming out in the open to protest against the Pakistani establishment.
The locals in PoK have alleged that the July 21 election, which saw Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) winning 32 out of 41 seats, was rigid.
The protesters have maintained that they were not allowed to cast their votes, and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and others rigged the polls in favour of Sharif’s PML(N).
Besides, PoK the Sharif government has also been entangled in the Balochistan area, where the freedom movement has gained momentum.
Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the human rights violations in Balochistan, several Baloch leaders living in exile have been aggressively advocating for freedom of the restive region from the clutches of Pakistan.
Balochistan, the largest and resource-rich province of Pakistan, has been facing the worst human rights crisis, where the Baloch are being suppressed.
In the worst form of oppression, military operations are being carried out against the civilians.
The atrocities on Baloch people have increased after Islamabad and Beijing signed a multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The people in Balochistan, who are championing the cause of the Free Balochistan Movement, are opposing the project which they say will lead to exploitation of their resources.