Prime Minister of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Raja Farooq Haider Khan lambasted Pakistan over the ill-treatment being meted out to Kashmiris. While addressing a gathering, an emotional Raja Farooq said that the people residing in low-lying areas of Neelum-Jhelum-55 KM Water Tunnel in Mirpur, are not getting water from Mangla dam. The premier also questioned the Pakistan government in this regard and questioned why people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir cannot benefit from Mangla dam.
Calling himself a 'powerless premier', Raja Farooq averred that his status should either be clearly defined or be told to be a mere observer. Meanwhile, referring to the Kala Bagh dam he said that no one in Islamabad would dare to talk about it.
PoK prime minister also mentioned that Sindh Chief Minister addressed a letter to him stating that the people of Mirpur will not get water from Mangla dam. He said that the land of PoK people, their houses, the graves of their ancestors and their agricultural land etc. are under water due to the construction of Mangla dam and despite all this they are being deprived of drinking water.
He further stated that the fate of PoK people is like that of a married son having a family to support, complaining his own father about the ill-treatment. Raja Farooq Haider said that the people of PoK are not weak; they fought against Dogras, Sikhs, Mughals and Pathans in the past. Hence, this type of ill-treatment is unacceptable.
He asked why due share is not being given to PoK people who pay taxes. He added that PoK people are not given electricity while it was said in the Mangla Dam agreement that preferential treatment would be given to the people of the region. This type of activities cannot be carried out repeatedly.