|MUZAFFARABAD, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The people of Pakistani Kashmir are becoming increasingly angry and alienated over what they see as a feeble government response to the weekend earthquake, a prominent Kashmiri politician said on Wednesday.
The 7.6 magnitude earthquake killed more than 20,000 people, most of them in the Pakistani part of the disputed Himalayan region. About 500 people were killed in Indian Kashmir.
"The government is not doing anything to provide relief to people," Amanullah Khan, leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) told Reuters in a telephone interview.
"People are angry and it is growing more and more every day."
Truck loads of relief supplies have been arriving in Muzaffarabad, the devastated capital of Pakistani Kashmir, but roads to outlying areas higher up in the mountains have been swept away by landslides.
Many parts of the region have not been reached by rescuers more than four days after the quake struck and in Muzaffarabad, many people angrily denounce the government response to the disaster and say they have received no help.
The JKLF wants a united Kashmir, independent of both Pakistan and India, which have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over the Muslim majority region. It used to be involved in an insurgency against Indian rule in its part of Kashmir but now advocates peaceful change.
Khan said what was regarded as an inadequate quake relief effort was breeding resentment against the central government.
"Definitely people here feel a sense of alienation when they hear that residents of Margala Tower were rescued within 36 hours," he said referring to an Islamabad apartment complex where two blocks collapsed in the quake killing dozens of people.
"But in Kashmir, where deaths and destructions are massive, the Pakistani and local governments are unable to reach people even after four days."