PoK has been facing Islamabad’s atrocities since 1947: J&K Minister

New Delhi: Taking a dig at the videos of brutality of Pakistan on the people dwelling inside the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday said that this shows the bitter side of Pakistan and is surely an eye-opener for the world.

Jitender Singh, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs (MoS), who represents Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency in the Lok Sabha, today claimed that the people of PoK have been facing such brutality by Islamabad even since we got freedom in 1947.

“There has been a simmering discontent among people from PoK for a long time. It is because of the discrimination suffered by this region as compared to other regions of Pakistan. This is not in terms of development but also in the basic facilities provided with respect to health care and education,” said Singh.

On being asked if the issue will be raised by him, Singh further said, “I cannot speak on if we will raise this at some stage. But as representative of Jammu and Kashmir, I can say that there is a common opinion that people on PoK are being deliberately oppressed in comparison to other provinces of Pakistan. Even elections are farcical as more often the Prime minister of PoK is elected by powers in Islamabad. The deprivation of democracy and discrimination has had an effect which is a matter for everybody who has an interest in J&K.”

Alleging that Pakistan is using excessive power to quell protests in PoK, Singh said, “Protests have taken place in the past but powers in Islamabad managed to quell it. Now it has come to a boiling point and it has come to surface. There had been instances and evidence of human right violation in PoK. They have been written about but Pakistan has been in denial mode.”

Supporting Singh’s stand over Pakistan’s brutality on people of PoK, ex-Army Chief General VK Singh said, “India has been saying for very long that Pakistan is not treating people in PoK well. There are no democratic rights for the people there. Pakistan has always ill-treated minority groups. Pakistan is accountable and Pakistan needs to be taken to task.”

The opposition party Congress also stood by the central government over the issue saying that the surfacing of the videos has given a great chance to the Modi government to raise the issue at the UN.

“This is an opportunity for India to take the matter to UN. The expose confirms the unrest in PoK. People’s anger in PoK is now spilling on the streets,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari.

PoK people have been launching several protests across the province against Pakistan’s dictatorship and aggression in the region. Well, the protests had a huge crowd demanding for freedom from the atrocities of the Pakistan government. The videos show police and army has been deployed in the region to control the protesters, and it surely displays a bitter picture of PoK.

Few of the protesters have even claimed in front of cameras that Pakistan doesn’t possess any right to use force on them and few of them have even claimed that India is far more better than Pakistan to live.