Muzaffarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), Mar 08 (ANI): Protests have erupted in cities across Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) over a demand to abolish the Kashmir Council headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. They have demanded constitutional amendments in interim act - 1974 of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to ensure full empowerment of the elected government of PoK through transfer of all powers of the Kashmir Council to the government. The protests have intensified after the Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that PoK was not going to become a province of Pakistan. Rather, his government wants the Kashmir Council to be abolished. The PoK has its own elected President, Prime Minister, Legislative Assembly and the Supreme Court, but important matters, including the budget and tax affairs are dealt with by the Kashmir Council. Pakistan has misruled the region for more than seven decades. There is a Prime Minister and President in PoK, but they are merely stooges who have been helping Islamabad fill its treasuries through economic depredations. The people of the region have been denied basic fundamental rights and are meted out with severe brutality if they demand it.