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Pakistan: PoK residents demonstrate, defy oppression PoK
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Pakistan: PoK residents demonstrate, defy oppression

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Oct 2023, 09:21 pm

People from all walks of life in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently took to the region's streets and demonstrated against a range of issues they have been grappling with for an extended period.

The protesters, including women, lawyers, and activists, expressed their frustration over government discrimination and oppressive policies. The region has witnessed numerous protests in recent months, with grievances ranging from wheat flour shortages to exorbitant electricity prices, ANI reported.

Faisal Jameel, Leader of Awami Action Committee told ANI, “Initially the protests started in Poonch when people held a sit-in (against the administration) for around four months owing to high prices of wheat flour and after that suddenly the overbilling of electricity started. It further resented the general public leading to massive protests in Muzaffarabad and in the whole of PoK.”

He added, “Awami Action Committee actively participated in the movement and the protests happening today are the outcome of that movement. This movement will continue (against the administration) until our demands are met."

Working women, who are reportedly facing troubles in the region, also joined the demonstration.

Female lawyers gathered outside the Central Press Club in Muzaffarabad to denounce the injustices faced by POK residents, reports ANI.

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