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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: A court here on Thursday decided to consider the NIA report on Sayyed Liyaqat Shah, allegedly accused of executing terror attacks, on Sept. 21.

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave a clean chit to Shah alias Liyaqat Bukhari, who was arrested by the Delhi Police in March 2013 for coming to India with the intention of indulging in terrorist activities. According to court sources, Patiala House Courts District Judge Amar Nath, delayed the hearing for September 21 during in-camera proceedings.

The NIA supplied a copy of chargesheet with documents to Shah. The court also allowed his application of seeking permanent exemption based on the grounds of his economic status which cannot afford him frequent travels from Kashmir to Delhi to attend hearings. Shah’s defense council Asim Ali had brought to the notice of the court that his client earned his livelihood by working as a labourer to provide for his five-member family.

The NIA dropped charges against Shah on Jan. 24 in a chargesheet against Sabir Khan Pathan, alleging that he was responsible for the placement of weapons and explosives in a guest house room near Jama Masjid.

Delhi Police said that a Special Cell team raided the Haji Arafat Guest House, recovering arms, ammunition and explosives, on the basis of his disclosure statement. On the other hand, the NIA filed a chargesheet against Pathan under charges dealing with forgery and various sections of the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act. Currently, Pathan is on the run.

The Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Shah on March 20, 2013, while he was returning from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) to the Kashmir Valley via Nepal, but was later released on bail.

The people in Jammu and Kashmir had protested against Shah’s arrest saying that he was simply returning home as per the state government’s policy of allowing people who had departed to PoK in the early 1990s to return.

 

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Facts About PoK You Probably Didn’t Know Before

Although 'Azad Kashmir' is of no economic significance to either Pakistan or India, the region is rather a matter of pride

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PoK is one of the most controversial regions in the world. Wikimedia Commons
PoK is one of the most controversial regions in the world. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • PoK or Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is a controversial land
  • The region is the reason for tension between India and Pakistan
  • Pakistan Administered Kashmir is the hub for terrorist activities and is controlled by Pakistan entirely

Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or PoK is the land of much controversy. The region which is also known as Azad Kashmir in Pakistan has been a matter of controversy between India and Pakistan since 1947.

Pakistan Administered Kashmir is a controversial region for both India and Pakistan. Wikimedia Commons
Pakistan Administered Kashmir is a controversial region for both India and Pakistan. Wikimedia Commons

United Nations and other international organizations refer to PoK as ‘Pakistan Administered Kashmir.’ This region shares its border with China and Afghanistan and as mentioned above is a very controversial region of crucial importance to both the disputing countries.

Here are few facts about PoK you may not have known before:

  • Even before independence, PoK was never ruled by the Britishers directly. It was under the rule of Maharaja Hari Singh, who wanted to keep Jammu and Kashmir as an independent state when given the choice to choose between India and Pakistan.
  • PoK covers an area of 13,297 square kilometres which is approximate, 5,134 sq. mi. The capital is located at Muzaffarabad.
  • ‘Azad Kashmir’ has a population of around 4.6 million people.
  • 26th October is celebrated as the Accession Day. On this day, Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir signed the Instrument of Accession to India in the year 1947.

    PoK was supposed to be a free, independent state. Wikimedia Commons
    PoK was supposed to be a free, independent state. Wikimedia Commons
  • However, Kashmiri separatists celebrate Accession Day as ‘Black Day.’
  • The Pakistan Occupied Kashmir claims to be having its own self-governing legislative assembly, however, it is no hidden fact that it is controlled by Pakistan only behind the scenes.
  • In PoK, the President is the head of the state, and the Prime Minister is the chief executive, supported by the Council of Ministers. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir also has its own high court and supreme court.

Also Read: Pakistan, China play catch and throw with POK

  • PoK is famous for the terrorist activity in its region. Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the biggest terrorist organisations in the world has several camps in the region.
  • There is no freedom of expression for media in PoK. All media is controlled by Pakistan, including its only radio channel, Azad Kashmir Radio.

    Majority of Azad Kashmir's population earns their livelihood by the means of agriculture. Wikimedia Commons
    Majority of Azad Kashmir’s population earns their livelihood by the means of agriculture. Wikimedia Commons
  • 85% of the population is engaged in agricultural activities. They cultivate wheat, maize, mushroom, honey, apples, walnuts, etc., which are the main source of income for them.
  • Although ‘Azad Kashmir’ is of no economic significance to either Pakistan or India, the region is rather a matter of pride for which both the countries keep on fighting.