Protests in PoK over rising Pakistan-backed terrorist activity along LoC

Prime News, International (PoK), July 8:-  Huge anti-Pakistan protests have broken out in at least two places in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over a rise in the activities of Islamabad-backed terrorist outfits in the region. The protestors have accused Pakistan’s military-intelligence establishment of sabotaging their struggle for Kashmiri independence.

The protests happened in in Rawalakot and Tararkhel, both of which lie close to the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of PoK, which Pakistan refers to Azad Kashmir.

The local anger comes after months of increased terrorist infiltration activity along the LoC with the guidance and assistance of the Pakistani military. Other factors driving the protests include poor infrastructure, the failure to hold elections and the lack of governance and funds, reported news agency ANI.

“We have loudly said that the non-state actors, who are being smuggled to Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan’s secret agencies, have sabotaged our struggle. The world is now seeing it as an act of terrorism. Nobody is listening to us” said Sardar Jagir Khan, a senior leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

When the international community put pressure on Pakistan to eliminate Lashkar-e-Taiba, they activated Jaish-e-Mohammed led by Maulana Masood Azhar. Now, JeM is getting promoted in PoK,” Khan added.

The local anger is over the continued shelter, training and arming of terrorist groups by the Pakistani military establishment. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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