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POK will be in India after BJP wins polls, UP CM Yogi says in Maharashtra | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: UP CM Yogi Adityanath, who BJP chose to woo north Indian voters in Nalasopara assembly segment - the largest voter base in Palghar Lok Sabha constituency - on the final day of campaigning for the fifth phase, said "Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) will also be a part of India after they win elections".Amid chants of 'Jai Shri Ram', the 'demolition baba', as Yogi was referred to by speakers on the stage, said PM Modi will get a third term and they will cross the 400-mark. Sensing the pulse of the crowd, speakers, be it candidate Dr Hemant Savara or sitting MP Rajendra Gavit, spoke in Hindi. Every speaker ensured slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram' were accompanied with the public being encouraged to raise their hands.The UP CM said last time BJP candidate Gavit had won the seat, "this time,...
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Amid POK unrest, India slams Pakistan’s ‘exploitative policies’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid raging protests in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, India hit out at Pakistan for its "exploitative policies" denying the local people rights over their own resources.India believes that the protests are a natural consequence of Pakistan's continued policy of systemic plundering of resources from these territories which remain under its forcible and illegal occupation, said foreign ministry at a media briefing."Such exploitative policies deny the local people rights over their own resources and the benefits thereof," said spokesman Randhir Jaiswal while reiterating that Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are and shall always remain integral parts of India.Foreign minister S Jaishankar had said earlier this week there's a ferment happening in POK. "Y...
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MEA Says Protests In PoK Consequence Of Pak’s ‘Policy Of Systemic Plundering Of Resources’

New Delhi: India on Friday said that the protests observed in various parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) are a direct result of Islamabad's ongoing policy of exploiting resources from the region, which remains under its coercive and illegal occupation. The Ministry of External Affairs also emphasised that the entire Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been, are, and shall always remain integral parts of India. Violent protests have erupted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over rising costs of food, fuel, and essential utilities amid Pakistan's severe economic crisis. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal acknowledged the reports during his weekly media briefing, stating, "We have seen reports on protests in sev...
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PoK Protest: Civilians Clash With Police As Unrest Over Inflation Enters 4th Day — WATCH

Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is simmering with unrest as the protest against high prices of wheat flour and inflated electricity bills and taxes entered its fourth day on Tuesday, news agency ANI reported. Clashes erupted between protestors and authorities at PoK's capital Muzaffarabad.  The Awami Action Committee organized a protest calling for tax-free electricity sourced from the Mangla Dam and subsidies on wheat flour. The protest was prompted by overnight police raids, leading to the arrests of several leaders and activists. Clashes erupted between law enforcement and protesters in Muzaffarabad, Dadyal, Mirpur, and other areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). #WATCH | Major unrest in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's (PoK) Muzaffarabad due to ...
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What’s your stand, Amit Shah asks Rahul Gandhi as he renews POK dare – Times of India

RAE BARELI/KAUSHAMBI: Union home minister Amit Shah reprised his Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) theme on Sunday, asserting at rallies in UP that BJP "proudly" declares India will stake claim to the territory while daring Congress's Rae Bareli LS Rahul Gandhi to clarify his stand."Rahul should make his stand clear. We are proud that PoK is ours and India's claim on it will always be there," Shah said at a rally in Rae Bareli that elected Sonia Gandhi MP till 2019.She stepped out of the LS fray this time and was elected Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan recently. Rahul then took the baton. Shah's statement on PoK followed similar declarations at rallies in Telangana and elsewhere in the past few days. They came in response to a video of Mani Shankar Aiyar in which he is purportedly heard saying "...
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Massive Unrest Grips Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir As Protests Escalate For ‘Rights And Freedom’

Massive unrest has erupted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), with authorities deploying a massive crackdown to suppress escalating protests across the occupied region. The turmoil intensified on Saturday as clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement resulted in the death of a police officer and injuries to 90 others, news agency IANS reported.  As per reports, what initially began as protests against economic challenges such as inflation, high taxation, and electricity shortages, has transformed into a widespread movement advocating for rights and freedom throughout PoK. Protestors, rallying for “azad” (freedom), engaged in confrontations with police and security personnel in various districts, notably in Mazaffarabad, as reported by IANS.  The ...