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Activists of PoK, Gilgit urge UN to stop Pakistan from carrying out atrocities on locals

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An organization of Pakistan-occupied (PoK) and Gilgit, seeking freedom of these areas from Pakistan, on Sunday urged the UN and human rights bodies to intervene to end victimisation of locals by Pakistani forces.

The United People's (UKPNP) issued the appeal while referring to the assault by Pakistani forces and it's "stooges" on a peaceful rally organised on Saturday to commemorate 'of State of and Kashmir' at Rawalakot in Pakistan-Occupied (PoK).

On March 16, UKPNP had organised a peaceful rally at Rawalakot in Poonch to commemorate foundation and of the erstwhile princely state. On this day in 1846, the state of and Kashmir was formed. The rally was halted and people were threatened and harassed by the police. Peaceful protesters were also threatened to stop waving the historical flag of the former princely state.

"This is a clear violation of freedom of association, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and speech," said a press statement issued by leaders of the UKPNP.

The leaders, including exiled UKPNP Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, General Sardar Ishtiaq Hussain, Senior Sardar Aftab Khan, Raja Bashir Khan, Nasir Aziz Khan, Dr Shabir Chaudhry, Jamil Maqsood, Yousaf Europe Zone, Europe Zone Asif Abbas, UK , Sajid Hussain, party leaders in North America Sardar Rasheed Yousaf, Zahid Hussain Khan, Mohammad Riaz Khan, said such acts show the real face and duplicity of

"On the one hand, claims that she is champion of the right to self-determination of Kashmiri people, on the other hand, she doesn't allow peaceful rallies and gatherings of those Kashmiris who are living under its administration," the statement said.

"This is an open secret that since 1947 has been systematically exploiting religious sentiments of Kashmiris and trying to snatch history, culture and identify of people of and Kashmir. Pakistan has been promoting religious hatred, intolerance and extremism and terrorism to communalise our society, to divide our motherland on the basis of religion," the leaders asserted.

UKPNP leaders also urged the United Nations, the International community and human rights organisations to intervene and ask Pakistan to stop the "victimisation of nationalist leaders" and respect all human rights including article 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 19 states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers and Article 20 (1) states that everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

"UKPNP is the real voice of voiceless and deprived and marginalised people of so-called and Baltistan," the leaders said while reiterating that the peaceful struggle will continue for "complete independence" and "end of illegal occupation of Pakistan.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 16:28 IST