People of PoJK vent anger against illegal Pakistani occupation

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'Black Day' observed in PoJK last year on Oct 22, the date when Pakistan invaded and illegally occupied the territory (Representative pic)

Srinagar: Frustrated with 7 decades of subjugation, people of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) have started speaking out openly against the illegal occupation of their territory and the loot committed by Pakistan there.

The local Muslims recently vent their anger at senior officials, who were on a visit to PoJK, and declared that they have been left with no option but to take up arms against Pakistan.

The officials were surrounded by the agitated Kashmiris who openly said that Pakistan is the responsible for all the problems afflicting PoJK and people of the region, according to vidoes in circulation on social media.

One of the Kashmiris in the crowd is seen emphasising that Pakistan is an illegal occupant of PoJK since there is no valid document to justify its presence in the region.

He is seen drawing a comparison, saying India is legally present in Jammu and Kashmir owing to the Instrument of Accession signed in 1947 between the ruler of the then Princely state and Government of India.

He even cites the UN Security Council Resolution.

As others in the crowd keep cheering him, the local is also seen as saying that Pakistan has been looting PoJK and its resources.

He gave the example of hydro power, saying it was being stolen by Pakistan from PoJK.

The local says that the electricity produced from the water resources of PoJK is not made available to the people of the region but sold outside in Pakistan.

“Hamara gazib Pakistan, Hamara lootera Pakistan. Hamara gazib India nahi hai, Hamara gazib Pakistan hai (Our oppressor is Pakistan. Our looter is Pakistan. Our oppressor is not India),” he is heard saying.

“Now, we have reached a situation of do or die… We are left with no option but to take up the arms,” he declares openly and all others in the gathering cheer lavishly.

Rubbishing Pakistan’s oft-repeated claim of religious brotherhood with the people of PoJK, the local man is heard saying, “What kind of brotherhood is this? (It amounts to saying) I will capture your house forcibly and say that I am your brother (and hence have the right).

“Whatever problems we are facing is because of Pakistan,” he says.

PoJK, which is a part of Jammu and Kashmir, was captured militarily by Pakistan after invasion that began on October 22, 1947.

Pakistan took the military action as the then ruler of the Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir Marahaja Hari Singh was not inclined to join Pakistan after partition.

After Pakistan launched the invasion, Hari Singh sent an SOS to then Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and expressed readiness to sign the Treaty of Accession.

Only after that Indian troops landed in Srinagar and started pushing the Pakistani invaders out of Jammu and Kashmir.

By then, Pakistani invaders had occupied a large part of the state.

In the war that ensued, Indian troops manage to clear substantial part of Jammu and Kashmir of the Pakistani invaders.

However, even while the Indian troops were in the process of pushing out Pakistanis from entire Jammu and Kashmir, the UN Security Council declared a ceasefire to end the war.

As a result, the state was divided and Pakistan continues to illegally occupy territories of Jammu and Kashmir.