In POK; Pakistani robs locals of Jobs, crushes dissent

Finally, voices of dissent have begun speaking out in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) exposing the tyrannical rule of the Pakistani establishment.

Facebook posts on the wall of Jammu and Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP) of Pakistan occupied Kashmir are clear indicator of the freedom being enjoyed by the people living there. The Facebook wall has brought to light a chilling reality that youth in POK do not get their share in the employment and instead, the establishment which is dominated by Pakistans or those who are chosen by the government of Pakistan to run the establishment prefers employing their Kith and Kins over those residing in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

The ratio is 60:40 unlike in Jammu and Kashmir where non-locals and non-residents can work in the private companies only but are not offered services in the state establishment. Only those who have a valid state subject certificate are allowed to sit for examination for both Gazetted as well as non-Gazetted posts. But, according to Facebook posts of Jammu and Kashmir National Awami party (JKNAP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF), Pakistan has been brutally suppressing every voice which demands equal share for residents of POK.

The party has uploaded videos of the protest rally carried out in Muzaffarabad (PoK) by its workers and members of Jammu and Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) for what they described as condemning oppressive rule of the Pakistani authorities and the local government of PoK. They have out-righty said that protest was over Pakistan’s discrimination over giving employment to local youth.

The protesters raised the issue of job vacancies, which are as it is rare in the area, and the authorities are giving preference to Pakistani youth in comparison to the local Kashmiri youth, said the Facebook post of the Jammu and Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP). They raised slogans against Pakistan and sought independence of POK from Pakistan. They said that Pakistan has forcing its nationals on the indigenous people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).

On the wall, the activists have further lamented that Pakistan has been behaving like an occupier and not as friendly nation. Activists have on the Facebook posts resented policies of Pakistan towards the people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). When the slogans of ‘Pakistan murdabad’, rented the air, police cracked whip on the protestors. They were dispersed, says the Facebook post.

Some were brutally beaten, leading to injuries. They even raised slogans of “Kashmir Bachanay Nikley Hain, Aao Hamaray Saath Chalo (We have come out to save Kashmir, come walk with us),” read the placards being carried by the protesters. The post maintains that police resorted to heavy Lathicharge on the demonstrators who were protesting peacefully. “Many were roughed up while a few were taken into police custody,” claimed the Facebook post.

The territory lies west of the Jammu and Kashmir. The region is the subject of a long-running conflict between India and Pakistan. The territory shares a border with Gilgit–Baltistan, together with which it is referred to by the United Nations and other international organisations as Pakistan administered Kashmir. PoK has a total area of 13,297 square kilometres (5,134 square miles), with an estimated population of around 4.6 million people.


From Facebook wall of JKNAP……….


In November 1959, General Muhammad Ayub Khan fired the government of Sardar Ibrahim Khan which was installed on the popularity of Young Ibrahim Khan without any electoral system and was somehow re-established after insurgency of 1957.

K.H. Khurshid was appointed by Ayub Khan as new president who assisted him to legitimize his military regime and solidify his writ over state affairs through the idea of “basic democracies”. The Basic Democracies Act of 1960 was implemented illegitimately in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) under which the President and the Kashmir Council were to be elected indirectly by the members of various local bodies that were elected directly.

Thus, the President of POK was elected in 1961 through an electoral college of 1,200 “basic democrats” in POK and another 1,200 who represented Kashmiri refugees in Pakistan. Interestingly, Choudhary Ghulam Abbas and Sardar Ibrahim were disqualified from participating in the elections by a tribunal on the charges of corruption. K.H Khursheed was the only president elected through the “basic democracies” as the idea vanished with end of Ayub’s regime.

Like Ayub, Yahya Khan the new martial law regime had its own agenda for AJ&K. From here to onward the things were on Yahya’s wish and desire. After the forcibly resignation of K.H. Khursheed, Sardar Qayum was brought on stage as per new script.  But when Z.A. Bhutto formed his government in Pakistan he arrested Sardar Qayum Khan and sent him into the jail. Bhutto appointed again Ibrahim Khan as the president of POK and introduced the first constitutional document which was prepared by a Federal Secretary and approved in only 10 minutes in POK, without any debate, discussion and amendment, this act is known as act 1974.

After a short span of time army chief of that time again staged a coup and toppled the elected government of Z.A. Bhutto in Pakistan. Zia-ul-Haq sacked Sardar Ibrahim and appointed Brigadier Hayyat Khan as the chief executive of POK. Similarly Benazir Bhutto brought Mumtaz Rathore as her appointee but in 1990, following the dismissal of the first Benazir administration, the PPP government in POK came under tremendous pressure from both the new Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA), federal government in Islamabad, and Sardar Qayum Khan, President of POK, an IDA ally.

Eventually, Rathore resigned, and fresh elections were held that brought the Muslim Conference into power. Nawaz Sharif repeated the same thing which Bhutto did before him. He arrested Mumtaz Rathore and appointed Sardar Qayum as the new prime minster of POK by granting 12 out of 12 seats of Kashmiri Refugees in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto on her next term appointed Barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhary as new prime minster.

That was the only time when a prime minster completed his tenure and the government is not thrown away with the change in Pakistani Politics. In Pakistan, Pervaiz Musharraf toppled the government of Nawaz Sharif and become the Chief Executive of the country, and like its bad faith POK again had to act on a new libretto with new faces. Musharraf appointed Sardar Sikandar Hayyat as the new prime minster who was compelled by the military, to assist the POK assembly to elect the Serving Major General Sardar Anwar as the president of the state.

At the time of election the scenario was created in such a way that Sardar Sikandar Hayyat was stopped to take part in the elections, and Atique Khan the Son of Sardar Qayum Khan was appointed as prime Minster. But after two and half years when Atique was changed through the vote of no confident, he blamed that President of Pakistan was involved in the process and the members were blessed with money.

Things remain on the behest of Islamabad and still they are. The recent launching of PTI in Kashmir is nothing else but an act of this series of acts. Yes they can buy those who are for sale there. But youth in Kashmir which don’t obey their clans are mostly Nationalists or Socialists. They are either active in Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party(JKNAP), Jammu Kashmir Peoples National party (JKPNP) United Kashmir Peoples National Party UKPNP or in a Marxist Leninist Socialists group like National Students Federation (NSF) or Peoples Students Federation (PSF). And believe me they don’t take Khan or PTI seriously.

According to one of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Students Federation’s (JKLSF) Mirpur district leading activist Adeel Khan “PTI can’t solve Kashmir issue and we are fighting for an independent Kashmir.” Comrade Taifor chairman of JKPNP’s students wing Jammu Kashmir Peoples National Students Organization (JKPNSO) says “For us politics is a matter of life and death. Our destination being youth of Kashmir is a Socialist Independent Kashmir and we are convinced that Khan or PTI can’t distract our comrades.” And Sajid Kashir who is leading one of NSF’s group says. “No, doubt Kashmiri youth has a lot of potential but they are politically much more advance and aware that neither Imran Khan nor Tahir-ul- Qadri can address their problems.”


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