Amid POK unrest, India criticizes Pakistan’s ‘exploitative policies’ | India news

NEW DELHI: Amid raging protests in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, India struck at Pakistan for its “exploitative policies“denying local people rights over their own resources.
India believes that the protests are a natural consequence of Pakistan’s continued policy of systemic plunder of resources from these territories, which remain under its coercive and illegal occupation, the foreign ministry said at a media briefing.” resources and their benefits,” spokesman Randhir Jaiswal said, while he reiterated that the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and will always remain integral parts of India.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had earlier this week said that there is a ferment happening in POK. “You can see it on social media or TV. The analysis of it is very complex, but I certainly have no doubt that anyone who lives in POK compares their situation to someone who actually lives in Jammu and Kashmir and says how come people today are actually making progress there,” Jaishankar had said.
Dawn newspaper earlier reported that all businesses, including banks, remained closed and traffic and vendors were off the roads in three districts of Muzaffarabad in POK. A police officer was killed and more than 100 people, mostly policemen, injured in violent clashes between security forces and protesters agitating against high prices of wheat flour and electricity in POK, according to local media.

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