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In Gilgit, people take to streets against crackdown by Pakistani security forces

A student shout slogans as he marches with others during a protest rally against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. which they say mocks the Prophet Mohammad, in Gilgit September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. To match Special Report PAKISTAN-MILITANTS/  REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A student shout slogans as he marches with others during a protest rally against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. which they say mocks the Prophet Mohammad, in Gilgit September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. To match Special Report PAKISTAN-MILITANTS/ REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Gilgit City (Gilgit-Baltistan): 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.

Angry protesters said these young men 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 only Shia-dominated area in Sunni-dominated Pakistan.

The political crackdown and arrests in Gilgit were made against people protesting against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which they said would only benefit China and Pakistan’s Punjabi traders.

The youth of Gilgit are not being involved in any manner with the CPEC and those who are protesting are being harshly dealt with, said the protesters.

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 alleged that Pakistan is perpetrating massive human rights abuses to crush the political aspirations of the people of Gilgit. (ANI)

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