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Protesters call on UN to urge Pakistan to vacate PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan

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NEW DELHI: Activists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit-Baltistan staged a demonstration outside the United Nations in Geneva, urging Pakistan to withdraw its forces from the occupied regions in line with the UN Security Council Resolution.
The protest, organized by the National Equality Party JKGBL during the 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, saw Prof.Sajjad Raja, a political activist from PoK and Chairman of the National Equality Party JKGBL, emphasizing the need for Pakistan to exit PoK and Gilgit Baltistan as per UN guidance.
Prof. Sajjad highlighted the persistent lack of basic human rights and freedom in the regions, calling for the implementation of UN resolutions for the people of Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and PoK to determine their own future.
The demonstrators displayed banners denouncing the Act 1974 of Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir & Order 2018 of Gilgit Baltistan for contravening the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
They questioned the UN’s failure to compel Pakistan to vacate the territories, emphasizing the ongoing oppression and human rights violations faced by the residents. Habib-ur-Rehman, a member of the Jammu Kashmir People’s National Party, condemned Pakistan’s exploitation of the resources in PoK and Gilgit Baltistan, expressing solidarity with the affected communities against the occupation and plundering.
Pakistan’s occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir, including PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan, has drawn international criticism for documented human rights abuses.
Reports have highlighted restrictions on freedom of expression, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial killings, media censorship, and discrimination against minorities in the regions.
Incidents of land confiscation and displacement of local populations in Gilgit-Baltistan, often tied to development projects like the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), have further fueled concerns over rights violations.
( with input from agency)

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