PoK protests Against Construction Of Mega Dams BY Chinese
Recently, Pakistan and China signed agreements on Jul 06 to construct Azad Pattan and Kohala Hydropower Projects in PoK. The Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project will produce 700.7 megawatts of electricity as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
The USD 1.54 billion project has been sponsored by the China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC).The Kohala Hydroelectric Power Project which will be built on Jhelum River is roughly 7 km upstream of Azad Pattan Bridge in Sudhanoti district of PoK and 90 km from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. The project, expected to be completed by 2026.
The people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir are not at all happy with the above projects.As per a political activist, Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza, Once roaring Neelum River now gives the looks of a small rivulet. It has severely affected the local residents as they even do not have drinking water. The river is flooded with sewage.
What also really irks the Pakistan enslaved Kashmiris is the high Chinese presence in the area, massive construction of dams, and river diversions threatening their very existence.
As per Mirza, China is investing huge money in the region but who will repay it? Dr Mirza questioned while adding that poor people of Occupied Kashmir will suffer the most by repaying these debts.
Pakistan and China are jointly plundering the natural resources of PoK and Gilgit Baltistan in the wake of CPEC. The resentment in the occupied territories is high against Pakistan and China. Finally the Pakistan enslaved Kashmiris will become Chinese slaves.
Therefore a massive torch rally was held in Muzaffarabad city of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Wednesday night to oppose the mega-dams to be constructed by Chinese firms on Neelum-Jhelum River.
The protestors from “Darya Bachao, Muzaffarabad Bachao” (Save River, Save Muzaffarabad) Committee chanted slogans like “let the Neelum and Jhelum rivers flow, let us live.”
Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza, said “Such protests in PoK are continuing for a long time, but their voice is not heard. China`s Three Gorges Corporation is constructing these billion dollars projects like Kohala Hydropower Project and Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project and they have changed the course of the rivers. This has caused a severe rise in temperature in Muzaffarabad.”
People of POK are waiting for their liberation.