Pakistan's proposal on Gilgit-Baltistan illegal, entirely unacceptable

Pakistan's proposal on Gilgit-Baltistan illegal, entirely unacceptable

Pakistan's proposal on Gilgit-Baltistan illegal, entirely unacceptable

Speaking to media in Islamabad, Nafees Zakaria said that from March 9, 2017 till to date, brutalities unleashed on the defenceless Kashmiris as the global community watched the crimes against humanity committed by the Indian occupation forces with impunity continue.

On Wednesday, Pakistan's minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada had said that the Nawaz Sharif government was considering the proposal submitted by Sartaj Aziz committee to make Gilgit-Baltistan the fifth province of the country. However, India claims the Gilgit-Baltistan area as an integral part of its territory. A Supreme Court judgement is due soon.

March 16 (ANI): Asserting that Pakistan is terrorizing indigenous people and giving full impunity to terrorists, Gilgit-Baltistan activist Abdul Hamid Khan has conveyed to the United Nations that Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is a "highly respected" terrorist in Islamabad, who has been awarded a de-facto status like that of a king by being kept under tight security, so that nobody would be able to get their hands on him. It has refrained from completely amalgamating it, despite the territory being under its control.

He said in the backdrop of un-implemented Security Council resolutions on Kashmir; it is responsibility of the United Nations to help resolve the issue.

Asserting that Pakistan's present regime wants to create fear among the indigenous people of the region, Khan said those who violate their orders by demanding something peacefully are declared as terrorists.

In 2015, the region saw its second Assembly polls.

Reports from Pakistan had said plans were underway to change the administrative status of Gilgit to tighten Pakistan's grip, and that a committee had suggested to integrate the region into Pakistan's federal structure. China has had concerns about different aspects, ranging from security to the discontentment among the local populations, through which the multi-billion-dollar corridor passes.

"It's such a disgraceful irony that on one hand Pakistan is sending its terrorists to bully and shut the people of occupied Gilgit Baltistan, and on the other hand it demands freedom for J&K", he said.

Prime Minister Sharif is in the eye of storm in the Panama Papers case, and may not be in a position to ensure the passage of the constitutional amendment till at least the pronouncement of the judgement by the Pakistani Supreme Court.

"Pakistan's selective approach in tackling terror groups operating outside Pakistan and within, despite the numerous solemn promises made underscores the continuing unwillingness to acknowledge the truth" the diplomat's statement read.

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