Two militant and Policeman killed at Tarla in PoK

Two militants and a policeman were killed in south Kashmir’s Tral on Sunday admist the heavy firing that started Saturday evening and proceeded overnight. Four army personnel has also been injured in the encounter.

As reported by Hindustan times, one of the militant killed in the encounter was a Pakistani and the other was local. “The local militant was Aqib Maulvi, a nearby top leader,” Chief general of the state police SP Vaid said.

The killed cop has been recognized as Manzoor Ahmed Naik. He was a local of Salamabad zone of Uri.  Vaid, while expressing his grief said that Manzoor Ahmed was a remarkable Jawan of the SOG (uncommon operations aggregate) and the J-K police. Police has also stated that they are dubious of the involvement of commander of Hizb ul Mujahideen Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The security work force of the cordon and pursuit party went under shooting from the house where the militants were caught.

As soon as the news of clash broke out unrest prevailed in the valley. Stone pelting dissents had started in the territory to chase away the security from the site. On Saturday night, a joint search party of police and army had started asearch operation in Hafoo area of slain militant Burhan Wani’s hometown, Tral, in Pulwama district on specific inputs of presence of militants in the area.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Economic Times

Image Source: Hindustan Times

Civilians stage massive protest in PoK’s Gilgit amidst Anti-Pakistan slogans.

PoK’s Gilgit the only Shia dominated region in the otherwise Sunni dominated Pakistan, have once again erupted with fresh protests against Pakistan security forces who have allegedly robbed off basic human rights of the civilians, reported the Times of India.

Pakistan security forces have incarcerated over 500 young Gilgit activists for demanding political rights as well as asking the Pakistani Army to march off from Gilgit. Their other demand includes release of Baba Jan, a political activist of the Awami Workers Party (AWP) of Pakistan, who has been sentenced to 40 years of prison on June 8, 2016, besides slapping a fine of Rs 500,000.

Frequent “anti-Pakistan” slogans were shouted as civilians flooded the streets of Astore, Diamer and Hunza, voicing their discontent over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to the locals, only the Punjabi traders of China and Pakistan will reap benefit of this pact, leaving out vast majority of Gilgit population.

During the all-party meet in Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized that “PoK is ours” and asked the Ministry of External Affairs “to develop contact with citizens of PoK settled abroad and apprise them about how their family and friends are treated there”, so that their whereabouts can be highlighted.

The Asian Human Rights Commission have also condemned Pakistani Army’s role in the region, as brutality and torture have been rampant in this region.

July 21 POK elections were rigged: Protesters

Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) was once again turned into a riot scene, as opposition took to streets, protesting and that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PMPL-N) sweeping victory in the recently concluded July 21 elections was allegedly rigged by the ruling party.
The PML-N managed to get a whooping number of 31 seats, while Muslim Conference and Pakistan People’s Party had only three seats, out of the total 41 seats contested.
Opposition party cadres, went to the extent of burning Pakistan National Flag, amidst raising slogans directed against the government.There has been a constant allegation against the ruling party of manipulating election machinery in their favour, irrespective of party colour and PML-N being the latest subject.
The protesters took on police on duty, besides burning tyres and breaking down public property.Protests have been going on in major PoK hotspots including Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari after a Muslim Conference supporter was murdered by the ruling party cadres in Muzaffarabad.
Pakistan Human Rights Group has confirmed and condemned the inappropriate promulgation of money and muscle power, smothering the possibility of free and fair elections, resulting in wastage of financial resources.
Source: TOI

Civilians stage massive protest in PoK’s Gilgit

Pakistan occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Gilgit the only Shia dominated region in the otherwise Sunni dominated Pakistan, have once again erupted with fresh protests against Pakistan security forces who have allegedly robbed off basic human rights of the civilians, reported the Times of India.

Pakistan security forces have incarcerated over 500 young Gilgit activists for demanding political rights as well as asking the Pakistani Army to march off from Gilgit. Their other demand includes release of Baba Jan, a political activist of the Awami Workers Party (AWP) of Pakistan, who has been sentenced to 40 years of prison on June 8, 2016, besides slapping a fine of Rs 500,000.

Frequent “anti-Pakistan” slogans were shouted as civilians flooded the streets of Astore, Diamer and Hunza, voicing their discontent over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). According to the locals, only the Punjabi traders of China and Pakistan will reap benefit of this pact, leaving out vast majority of Gilgit population.

During the all-party meet in Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized that “PoK is ours” and asked the MEA “to develop contact with citizens of PoK settled abroad and apprise them about how their family and friends are treated there”, so that their where-abouts can be highlighted.

The Asian Human Rights Commission have also condemned Pakistani Army’s role in the region, as brutality and torture have been rampant in this region.

 

Villagers walk towards POK in protest of the Food Security Act

Srinagar: The execution of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has brought about an exceptional security situation close to the Line of Control in Kashmir as thousands attempted to cross the LoC in Tangdhar area to look for assistance from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) on food security.

Army’s immediate interference in the situation prevented it from getting out of control. Army commanders had the situation under control by persuading the protesters who initially refused to listen to the civil administration.  According to the statement made by an official, it was the brigade commander who intervened into the situation at the right time, hence persuading the protestors to keep their cool.

Yelling out slogans against the PDP and the BJP for actualizing the Act in the state, the marchers affirmed that the distribution of food under the NFSA will starve them since they are getting not as much as half of the rice they used to get under the past plan. Rice is Kashmir’s staple food, and under NFSA individuals will get just 5 Kg of rice when compared to the 11 to 13 Kg they used to get under the initial plan.

A huge part of people in Kupwara’s Tangdhar town don’t own farms or lands and hence are entirely dependent on the distribution of food.  Bashir Ahmed who is a resident here said that they want the government to implement the initial plan or else they would cross the LoC and that the sole responsibility of this act will be on the administration.

As per reports, a number of around 10,000 people had apparently gathered at the site and started to walk towards the POK.

Eventually the administration agreed to go back and implement the previously made scheme itself.

Source: NDTV