Ajatshatru raises serious concern over violent clashes in PoJK

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 14: Senior BJP leader and former Minister Ajatshatru Singh expressed serious concern over the deteriorating situation in Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) following violent clashes between JAAC protestors and police in various cities of PoK. He emphasized the urgency for the United Nations to take concrete steps to ameliorate the situation faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir under Pakistan’s occupation.
In a statement issued here today, the former Minister said that the clashes, which erupted following the Government crackdown on JAAC leaders, have resulted in unfortunate casualties and injuries. Reports indicate that amidst the turmoil, an Assistant Commissioner in Dadyal was held hostage and subjected to violence, highlighting the intensity of the situation. He strongly condemned the use of force and calls for an immediate cessation of violence. He emphasized the need for authorities to respect the rights of citizens to peaceful assembly and expression.
Notably, Ajatshatru Singh had also raised the issue of PoJK in the Geneva Convention and apprised the international community about the atrocities being faced by the people of PoJK.
He said that the situation in Muzaffarabad remains volatile, with an indefinite shutter-down and wheel-jam strike adding to the uncertainty and apprehension among residents. Reports of protests in various cities, including Samahni, Sehansa, Mirpur, Rawalkot, Khuiratta, Tattapani, and Hattian Bala, underscore the widespread unrest gripping the region.
The former Minister expressed solidarity with the people of PoJK and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to pave the way for peaceful resolution of grievances. He highlighted the importance of upholding democratic principles and respecting the rights of all individuals, emphasizing that the path to stability lies in dialogue, not violence. He also raised concerns over the reported crackdown on dissenting voices in Kotli, Bag and Muzaffarabad, urging authorities to uphold human rights and ensure transparency in all actions.
Ajatshatru sought intervention of United Nations over the deteriorating situation in PoJK and urged them to take concrete steps to ameliorate the situation faced by the general public.