Protest erupts in Gilgit against China over jail abuse

Updated:11 months, 2 weeks ago IST

Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan), Feb 11 (ANI): The relatives and the family members of prisoners languishing in the Chinese jails for over a decade have staged a demonstration in Gilgit and have demanded the Pakistan Government to play its due role in their release. The protest was also joined by the family members of the prisoners from other parts of Pakistan including Peshawar city. Over 300 Pakistanis approximately were languishing in the Chinese prisons on the charges of drug smuggling and other petty offenses. The protesters expressed deep concern over the Pakistan Government's non-responsive attitude towards the issue. Many victims who themselves spent almost a decade in the Chinese prisons also joined the protest and narrated the shocking treatment meted out to prisoners. As Pakistan and China claim to be friendly neighbours engaged in constructing a multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Pakistanis and the Kashmiris reportedly are facing severe torture in the Chinese prisons. Furthermore, the protestors claim that many of the prisoners were juvenile as they were under 18 when they were arrested.

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