Because of the Kashmir issue, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) have suffered for over six decades. It is time that the issue be resolved and G-B be declared a constitutional part of Pakistan.
This was stated by the G-B Qaumi Movement President Abdul Waheed during a press conference at the Gilgit Press Club on Monday.
Waheed argued that the international powers wanted to carve a new region comprising G-B, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and part of China to protect their economic interests.
Flanked by other party leaders, including General Secretary Haroon Khalid, he said that the recent visit of the US diplomats to Gilgit was part of the larger plan, which, if success, will deprive Pakistan of at least two regions – G-B and AJK. “Pakistan should take note and immediately declare G-B a province,” he added.
The speakers also highlighted the geostrategic location of G-B, which links Pakistan to China, India and the central states. Khalid said that Pakistani state had almost gone bankrupt but said they would still prefer to be part of it.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2012.
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