Kashmiri political activists have raised concerns over the proposed amendments in the Interim Constitution of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by the Pakistani establishment saying that the ‘unjust’ law will give all authorities to directly-appointed officers from Pakistan, instead of the elected representatives in the illegally-occupied region.
The provisions of the proposed 14th Amendment Bill in the Interim Constitution of PoK include laws which restrict any person to participate in political activity which does not believe accession with Pakistan.
Activists have described it as a violation of the rights of “self-determination and fundamental human rights” of people of PoK.
“Pakistan has always imposed such laws through its facilitators on the people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which compromise their basic political and fundamental rights,” exiled PoK leader and Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri said in a statement.
Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza, an author and activist from Mirpur in PoK said, “It is an extremely scary amendment, which aims to push Pakistan-occupied Kashmir completely into slavery of Pakistan.”
Mirza also tweeted saying, “The proposed 14th Amendment bill in the Interim Constitution of PoK will prove the last straw that broke the back of Pakistan oppression and occupation #pakistanexposed”.
Activists have long raised concerns over the ill-treatment of people belonging to PoK saying that the people of PoK region have always been denied basic fundamental rights and face brutality for voicing their concerns.