New Delhi: Local residents of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK), on Saturday staged a protest against crackdown by Pakistani security forces.

The angry protesters claimed that 500 young men were imprisoned for asking the Pakistani Army to leave Gilgit’s soil.

They were demanding release of Awami Workers Party (AWP) of Pakistan, Baba Jan, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison by the Supreme Court of Appeal on June 8, 2016. The activist was also fined Rs 500,000 under a special law called “anti-terrorist”.

Recently, the Asian Human Rights Commission accused Pakistan of using excessive brutality and torture in the region.

Reports said that the police have been abusing power and entirely handling the prosecution department in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The region was once a part of Jammu and Kashmir but was occupied by Pakistan following the partition of India and Pakistan. 

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