GENEVA, Switzerland Mar 25 – Political activists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir lambasted Pakistan for curbing the freedom of expression and giving free hand to terror outfits in the region during an event at the 52nd Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
The event titled “Freedom of Expression” was organised by the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) to focus on the importance of protecting the right to freedom of expression, especially in today’s world where censorship and suppression of speech are becoming increasingly common.
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Chairman of UKPNP told local media “When any state curtails or compromises the freedom of expression has an aim that its wrongdoings didn’t get exposed. It also aims that people do not resist. Since 1947, Pakistan has put restrictions on our freedom of expression and freedom of Association through different ordinances, acts and tactics. It is the reason when there is any rally or a seminar, there are attempts to curb it”.
People in PoK gave many examples where the students and political activists from the region are not allowed to express their opinions and they are treated as enemies and threatened.