Misfar Khan, a senior politician from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region said, political parties of Islamabad need to end the drama in Gilgit-Baltistan, as these areas are not a part of Pakistan.
“The loot and exploitation being done by political parties of Pakistan in PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan need to be stopped,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, Taifoor Akbar, a political activist in PoK said people living in the particular region are treated as slaves.
Exposing Pakistan’s cruelty, Akbar said people of PoK are called traitors and are regularly abducted and thrown in jail in the name of National Action Plan.
“PoK locals are deprived of basic amenities, they have no roads, factories, even books are banned in the region,” the political activist said.
In 2016, PoK locals staged protest against the rigged July 21 election, which saw Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) winning 32 out of 41 seats.
The protesters had claimed 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).
There is a deep mistrust in the minds of people of Gilgit and Baltistan towards the people and government of the mainland. There have been number of protests and even the Prime Minister of PoK has expressed desires to secede from Pakistan. This should serve as a warning to separatist in Kashmir, who thinks that J&K should merge with Pakistan. The situation in PoK is really bad as the benefits of CPEC have gone to the Businessman of Punjab, whereas the local people have been used as a labour force.