PoK remains breeding ground for Pakistan-backed terrorists: Kashmiri activists

Political activists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have shown concern over growing extremism and terrorist activities in the region during an event on the sidelines of the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Session in Geneva. Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, exiled chairman of United Kashmir People's National Party said, "PoK has remained a hub of terrorism for decades. Pakistan's agencies have created terrorists' infrastructure in the area to carry out terrorist activities in other part of the Kashmir. It has become a launching pad. We have complete information that Pakistan has not changed its policies, it is merely statements by them to mislead the international community, but terrorist camps are running under the patronage of state of Pakistan". Another human rights activist from PoK, Dr. Shabir Choudhry said, "They have got a license to intimidate and frighten people. If need to be, they kill them". Several political activists have highlighted the issues concerning the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, who have been facing persecution by Islamabad. The construction of Neelum-Jhelum hydro power project on River Neelum has created environmental issues and severe water crisis in capital Muzaffarabad.