Pakistan succumbing to China's pressure on Gilgit-Baltistan: BJP

Protests erupted across Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on March 18th against Pakistan's move to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province.

China today skirted a direct response to Pakistan's plan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province and said the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan through dialogue.

The three separatist leaders have also asked Pakistan to show "wisdom" and "desist" from taking any such steps which may hamper the political and geographical position of Jammu and Kashmir.

The spokesperson hoped that Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, would fulfil a past commitment and "desist from this adventure of annexing Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth state of Pakistan".

In a joint statement these separatists pointed out that Kashmir, Ladakh, Jammu, POK and Gigli-t Baltistan is a single entity and "political destiny about Jammu Kashmir is yet to be decided".

They said unless and until the people of the state are provided an opportunity to decide their future through a referendum, no division, adjustment and changes are acceptable.

The leaders also said that both India and Pakistan have no authority or right to alter the geographical status of the state.

India on Thursday made it clear that Islamabad's reported attempts to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth province of Pakistan is "illegal" and completely unacceptable. The move to annexe the region is largely seen to accommodate the legal concerns of China and its multi-billion-dollar investment in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

While confronting the statement issued by India's ministry for foreign affairs in which it purportedly stated that "the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India in 1947".

The Hizb chief said Instead of granting Gilgat Baltistan a province status, the problems of its people should be addressed on priority basis and corruption free administration provided to the people of the region.

They are saying that this is a dark move by the Pakistan Government to carve out Gilgit from the State of Jammu and Kashmir and to make its land available to the Chinese Government for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

  • Leroy Wright