Anti-Pakistan protests erupt in PoK

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration against power outage in Muzffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir March 21, 2013. People protesting against power outage in Muzaffarabad turned violent on Thursday. Around 50 people, including a police official, sustained minor injuries when the protesters pelted stones at the police and burnt a police bus, local media reported. REUTERS/Amiruddin Mughal (PAKISTAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3F9Q6

Muzaffarabad (POK), April 14: Anti Pakistan protests have erupted in various parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over Islamabad’s discriminatory practices in providing jobs to local Youth.

Jobs which are rare in this part of the region are reportedly being given to Pakistani youth and youngsters of Kashmiri origin are being marginalised.

About 100 individuals owing allegiance to the Jammu and Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) along with some members of the Jammu and Kashmir National Awami Party (JKNAP) took part in a demonstration in Muzaffarabad that condemned the oppressive rule of the Pakistani authorities and the local PoK government.

They demanded the creation of an independent Kashmir and raised slogans to this effect.

The demonstrators also raised anti-Pakistan slogans resulting in a crackdown on the rally by the police.

The protestors carried placards which read “Kashmir Bachanay Nikley Hain, Aao Hamaray Saath Chalo”.

Police had to resort to a heavy baton charge on the demonstrators. Some of the latter were roughed up in a savage manner and many were taken into custody.

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