Gilgit: People's agitation against crackdown by Pakistani security forcesProtesters have taken to the streets in the Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan region (FANA), against the crackdown by Pakistani security forces which has caused arrest of over 500 young Gilgit residents. Angry protesters said these young men were imprisoned for demanding political rights and asking the Pakistani Army to leave Gilgit's soil. Raising anti-Pakistan slogans, angry protesters took to the streets in Gilgit town, Astore, Diamer and Hunza of the the Gilgit- Baltistan region, which is the only Shia-dominated region in Pakistan.
The political crackdown and arrests in Gilgit were made against people protesting against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which they said would only benefit China and Pakistan's Punjabi traders. Protesters have opined that the youth of Gilgit are not being involved in any manner with the CPEC and those who are protesting are being dealt with very harshly. Over 500 young Gilgitis have so far been jailed, including Gilgit's top political activist Baba Jan. Widespread human rights violation has also been reported.
India must support the hapless people of this occupied territory of FANA in their struggle against inhuman Pakistani forces and must inform the world about the human rights violation taking place in this area.