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Kashmiri youth in PoK attack relief workers: Report

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Last updated on: October 14, 2005 21:43 IST
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Unhappy over the slow pace of relief efforts by the Pakistan government, Kashmiri youth in Pakistan occupied Kashmir allegedly attacked some social workers who had reached the ruined city of Muzaffarabad, three days after the killer earthquake hit the region, to carry out the relief work.

The people of PoK are unhappy over the government's slow response and two small groups of young men, most of whom appeared to be students, attacked half-a-dozen social workers with knives in central Muzaffarabad on Tuesday and Wednesday, local daily The Post reported, alleging that anti-state elements were 'conspiring against Pakistan' at this critical time.

The youth even refused to discuss their grievances with journalists, the report said.

A social worker, Meraj Khan, who was beaten up by one such group was quoted as saying by the paper that he had witnessed five cases of young Kashmiri men stabbing social workers and claimed that some of them had died, although other witnesses did not confirm it.

One Kashmiri youth alleged that Pakistan had failed to come to the rescue of the earthquake victims even after five days of the disaster.

"If rescue workers from Turkey could reach the same day, why did not Pakistanis reach Muzaffarabad before them," he asked.

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