Saturday, May 18th, 2024

“Murder in broad daylight…lives in danger”: Activist describes ‘very serious’ situation in PoJK amid protests

Amjad Ayub Mirza, a prominent Scotland-based PoJK activist, has sounded the alarm over the deteriorating situation in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK), warning of “killings in broad daylight” and declaring that lives are in danger. Danger amid increasing protests.

“This is murder in broad daylight which is taking place in PoK. Our lives are in danger,” Mirza asserted, giving a glimpse of the chaos prevailing in the region.

The unrest stemmed from a wheel-jam strike initiated by the Awami Action Committee demanding tax-free electricity from the Mangala Dam and subsidy on wheat flour.

The strike, now in its fourth consecutive day, has become a focal point of growing discontent among PoJK residents.

Mirza’s testimony highlights the gravity of the situation, revealing clashes between protesters and authorities in Muzaffarabad, Dadial, Mirpur and other areas of PoJK.

Several leaders and activists were arrested in overnight police raids, further fanning the flames of discontent.

“Suddenly the protesters counter-attacked and the Rangers retreated,” Mirza said, describing the unsettling turn of events. “It seemed as if the Rangers had disappeared from the scene, but then they came back in heavy numbers.” “

As tensions reached a peak, Mirza revealed the deployment of army commandos via helicopters in Muzaffarabad. He said each helicopter carried about 20 to 25 commandos, raising concerns about the possibility of further violence and loss of life and property.

“We are in a desperate situation,” Mirza lamented, highlighting the blackout of internet services in the area, which has increased the feeling of isolation and uncertainty among residents.

Calling for international intervention, Mirza urged the Indian government to raise the issue at the United Nations and seek answers from the Pakistani ambassador.

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