Muzaffarabad, June 17: Residents of Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) carried out a protest in Muzaffarabad city and demanded that Azad Kashmir Council headed by the Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi be abolished. The protesters shouted slogans against the Azad Kashmir Council standing outside the Press Club. They demanded the full transfer of powers of the Kashmir Council to the PoK government and also asked for constitutional amendments in the interim acto of 1974.

Leader of Pakistan Muslim League (PML) (N), Muzaffarabad, PoK Raja Shafiq Inqalabi also voiced similar concerns and condemned those who were in support of the Kashmir Council. He blasted out on the six members of the Kashmir Council who have been exploiting the region’s resources.

Inqalabi said that if the Kashmir Council’s stance remained unchenged, then we will beat the party’s members with slippers. He added, “We can even go to Islamabad, but will not allow them to exploit us.” Another protestor Nomman Zargar said that out of the several people, many members of the Kashmir Council have filed a writ in Islamabad High Court stating that PoK mustn’t have complete independence.

The PoK has its own President, Prime Minister, Legislative Assembly and the Supreme Court, but important matters are dealt with by the Kashmir Council. The Kashmir Council leader and most of its members are nominated by Islamabad and we not answerable to the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir themselves. For the unversed, the people from PoK have been denied basic fundamental rights and are meted out with severe brutality if they demand it.