As protests against the Pakistan government escalate in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), Pakistani forces resorted to firing shells of tear gas on protesters to bring the situation under control, sources divulged to Zee Media. The demonstrations were being held by activists and journalists of the People’s National Alliance (PNA). In an alarming bit of update, the residents of Muzaffarabad have also claimed that emergency has been imposed in the area.
A series of protests were staged on October 22 by journalists outside the Muzaffarabad Press Club in PoK against the Pakistani security forces, when the journalists were attacked by the said security forces.
At a pro-independence rally on Wednesday, two people were killed and 80 others injured after the police lathicharged the demonstrators. Later, protesters on Tuesday condemned the police action against peaceful protesters
The rally in PoK was called by various political parties under the All Independent Parties Alliance (AIPA) to observe a ‘Black Day’ on Tuesday to mark the day when Pakistani forces had invaded Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on October 22, 1947. The people of PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan have marked October 22 as a ‘Black Day’ since then, demanding the withdrawal of Pakistani forces from their territory.
On Tuesday, several people took to the streets to mark the 72nd anniversary of the demonstration of the ‘Black Day’ event. “We have planned peaceful protest to mark the day, albeit if the administration shows any aggressiveness, we are willing to go to any extent to have our voices heard,” a protester told ANI on Tuesday. Similar protests were held in Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Kotli, Gilgit, Rawalpindi and other areas on October 22, 2018.
(With Zee Media Newsroom inputs)