Large Protests Against China In Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir
Locals in PoK took to the streets to object the Chinese-funded construction over the Neelum Jhelum river
There is growing dissent amongst the people of Pakistan over the Imran Khan government’s mounting dependency on China. On Monday night, more than 1000 protestors took to the streets of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) district of Muzaffarabad to oppose the dam constructions over the Neelum Jhelum river.
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has initiated several projects running through PoK, that are funded by the Xi Jinping run Chinese government.
The two nations recently signed the 700 megawatts Azad Pattan Hydropower Project and the Kohala Hydel Project on 6 July. Chinese company Gezhouba is investing 1.54 Arab dollars in the Azad Pattan construction.
The locals in these districts believe that their nation’s government is becoming a puppet in the hands of the communist country. According to them, none of the mega schemes are of any use to them and will in fact, cause more water shortage in the already thirst-ridden districts.
In 2016, the Gwadar Port was built under the CPEC, only to be fully controlled by China.
With China’s increasing presence in and control over Pakistan, the population in disputed areas like Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Balochistan are demanding for their freedom, with the Indian government also supporting their cause. Just four days back, activist Tanveer Ahmed was tortured by the army for removing the Pakistani flag from a hotspot in the Dadwal district.
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