Protesters have taken to the streets in the Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan region, a separate administrative unit in the northernmost administrative territory of Pakistan against a crackdown by Pakistani security forces that saw incarceration of over 500 young Gilgit residents.
Gilgit Baltistan is part of PoK. Protesters were imprisoned for demanding political rights and asking the Pakistani Army to leave Gilgit’s soil. Raising anti-Pakistan slogans, angry protesters took to the streets in Gilgit town, Astore, Diamer and Hunza of the the Gilgit- Baltistan region, which is Shia dominated.
Over 500 young Gilgitis have been jailed, including Gilgit’s top political activist Baba Jan, which saw increasing mass street-based movement for his release.
Protesters say that Pakistan is perpetrating massive human rights abuses to crush the political aspirations of the people of Gilgit Baltistan.