Massive protests were witnessed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as people hit the streets to oppose the rigged July 21 election that gave 32 out of 41 seats to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Several protestors of Neelam Valley were seen blackening the posters of PML-N politicians, while some went about burning Pakistan flags. While questioning the poll process, the protesters asked why they were not allowed to vote and that their demands for an independent observer were rejected. Several police personnel lathi charged the protestors to disperse them.
Protests were witnessed in towns such as Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari and Mirpur. Members of the PML-N had done to death a Muslim Conference supporter in Muzaffarabad.
Besides blackening election posters, the protesters also burnt tyres, blocked traffic and clashed with the police.
Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool chairperson, Moulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi, who had toured the entire region said that people residing in the PoK want to be a part of India.
Distressed with growing extremism in Pakistan, the people here want to lead a peaceful life. Given the opportunity, they would want a referendum so that they can vote to join back India, he added.
Last year, media reports had stated that impressed with PM Narendra Modi’s style of governance, residents of PoK openly advocated to be a part of India.