New Delhi (NVI): It’s the third day of protests at Aliabad in Hunza valley of Pakistan occupied Gilgit-Baltistan, as protesters have been demanding the release of their loved ones including several political activists who have been languishing in Pakistan jails for years.
Braving cold weather, protestors including women, children and elderly, continued with their peaceful sit-in at Aliabad. They have said that they will continue the sit-in till the unconditional release of all political prisoners in G-B including Baba Jan, Iftikhar Karbalai and others.
— Azeem Hunzai (@azeem_hunzai) October 7, 2020
This is in continuation of a massive protest rally that was held two days back by families of political prisoners who remain in Pakistan’s illegal custody for raising their voices against oppression by Islamabad and ISI.
The sit-in GB for the release of Baba Jan & his 13 accomplices in Aliabad continued, According to the organizers, apart from the shutter down strike in Aliabad today,schools will also be boycotted,There is no news in the mainstream media in this regard#FreePoliticalPrisonersOfGB pic.twitter.com/Yu0UCZm277
— Mustafa Kamal Kakar (@MustafaKamalKar) October 7, 2020
Baba Jan, who has been serving sentence behind prison bars for 6 years now. Reportedly, he is the longest-serving political prisoner in occupied Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan.
Several political and Human Rights activists have demanded the release of these political prisoners and extended their support to the movement.
National Equality Party JKGBL (NEPJKGBL) has also extended its support to the protesters in their fight for the release of their loved ones who are under forcible detention and enforced disappearance for years at the hand of Pakistan.
“Aliabad sit-in enters the third day. National Equality Party JKGBL #NEPJKGBL supports this sit-in, we give commitment that this peaceful sit-in will continue till the unconditional release of all political prisoners in #GilgitBaltistan. 90 years in prison, just for demanding BHR!,” tweeted Prof. Sajjad Raza, Chairman of National Equality Party of Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir Gilgit Baltistan (PoJKGB).
Aliabad sit-in enters the third day. National Equality Party JKGBL #NEPJKGBL supports this sit-in, we give commitment that this peaceful sit-in will continue till the unconditional release of all political prisoners in #GilgitBaltistan. 90 years in prison, just for demanding BHR! pic.twitter.com/KP7WeSbp7p
— Prof. Sajjad Raja (@NEP_JKGBL) October 7, 2020
Political and Human Rights activists have condemned for long the illegal detention of people from the region who have been arrested merely for criticising the Pakistan government or military.