Kashmir cause: AJK govt opposes provincial status for Gilgit-Baltistan

Published: January 10, 2016
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

MUZAFFARABAD: 

The government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has decided to lodge a protest against any attempt to convert Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) into a province of Pakistan.

Treasury members tabled a resolution against the proposed provincial status for G-B in the AJK Legislative Assembly Secretariat on Saturday. The assembly members will debate the resolution in the session scheduled for January 12.

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Talking to The Express Tribune, AJK Minister for Rehabilitation Abdul Majid Khan said that making G-B the fifth province of Pakistan will dent the Kashmir cause. “Giving provincial status to G-B will serve the interests of the enemies of Jammu and Kashmir and will therefore be counterproductive,” he said.

AJK Minister for Finance, Planning and Development Chaudhry Latif Akbar endorsed Majid. “G-B is part and parcel of the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he told a news conference at the AJK Prime Minister’s House. “Any attempt to merge it into Pakistan will deal a fatal blow to our stance in the light of the UN resolutions envisaging the right to self-determination for the Kashmiris,” he said.

Terming Gilgit a constitutional part of Kashmir, Akbar said, “We will not allow division of Kashmir at any cost.” He pointed out that Pakistan had been given administrative control of G-B on a temporary basis, and advised the federal government to “not think beyond that”.

He called upon the government to give the same rights to G-B that AJK and other provinces enjoy. He said the establishment was conspiring against the nation and did not want to see it united.

Majid also urged the federal government to empower the people of G-B.

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In recent days, there has been speculation on changing the constitutional status of G-B, which is historically claimed by India. This comes in the wake of Beijing’s concerns about building a section of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through the disputed area.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • What now
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:06AM

    Wow, an official rejection of acceptance of statehood. China wont build the road without?

    This is becoming interesting.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Jan 10, 2016 - 5:58AM

    How only AJK Kashmiri (6% of total population of J&K) decide about GB … ? Recommend

  • Prada
    Jan 10, 2016 - 6:36AM

    India is watching with bated breath on what Pakistan does. It is a choice between a rock and a hard place.Recommend

  • BlackHat
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:49AM

    AJK can hardly raise objections about the constitutional status of G-B. Pakistan itself doesn’t have a single legal document that entitles it to rule either AJK or G-B. These are lands that have been acquired through jihad.

    Anyway, making G-B a province will drive the last nail in the coffin of “Kashmir dispute”. May be Pakistan is heading towards acceptance is the status quo.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:26AM

    And that’s why we don’t progress. We havr people all ovet the country who are more related to theit ethrnic roots than country.This road now more look like kala bagh dam.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jan 10, 2016 - 8:41AM

    The integration of GB will open new opportunities for the residents. It will not effect the AJK cause because its solution lies in the acceptence of line of control as a permanent boarder now or waste time and fight wars to reach this point finally. The assembly of AJK should think twice before making any non sense as Pakistan has sacrificed a lot for Kashmir. Recommend

  • Pan Mat
    Jan 10, 2016 - 9:12AM

    It will be interesting to see the reaction from Pakistan government which will make the “A for Azad” very transparent to rest of the world.

    As most Pakistan diplomat likes to para phrase “the rights of Kashimiris as enshrined in UN resolution”…..you cannot take that away after all these decades of empty promises :-)Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:45AM

    Baluchistan is not happy. Sindh is not happy. Pakhtoonkhawa is not happy. Pakistani Kashmir is not happy. Only Punjab is happy. Recommend

  • Baltistani
    Jan 10, 2016 - 11:48AM

    LOL, i am a citizen of GB and I don’t know where is the exact location of AJK (route). Why they are jealous?? Thank God people of GB are UNITED not stupid and lazy like the AJK’sRecommend

  • Faisal
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:56PM

    Congratulations Pakistan, I don’t see CPEC happening.Recommend

  • Shahdab
    Jan 10, 2016 - 2:05PM

    We should not compromise our stand on Kashmir and should not desert our Kashmiri brothers for CPEC. Instead we should try to convince China that their investment will be safe and well protected by Pakistan.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 10, 2016 - 2:15PM

    Well if go by Dixon plan which was rejected by Pakistan, GB is part of Pakistan and JL is part of India, and that will make Kashmir valley on both sides as disputed territory. If Pakistan accepts Dixon plan, GB can be made as part of Pakistan but at the cost of loosing claim over JL if any. But the current Indian government also had to agree on that.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 10, 2016 - 2:49PM

    @Pakistani:
    We are not a country, we are a state of mind, anyone who thinks they can’t live with non-muslims and claim muslim superiority is a Paksitani.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:57PM

    It is more of ocean in front and mountain in back like scenario for pakistan.Lets see what pakistan’s response to this??.India will for now wait and watchRecommend

  • Naming CPEC went wrong
    Jan 12, 2016 - 1:20AM

    China has trade through the route with Pakistan since the KKH was built. Naming the project CPEC went wrong. The advisers are to blame Mr.Pakistan.Recommend

  • Karasho
    Jan 14, 2016 - 12:08PM

    @Shahdab:

    ” We should not compromise our stand on Kashmir and should not desert our Kashmiri brothers for CPEC. Instead we should try to convince China that their investment will be safe and well protected by Pakistan.”

    You worry about Kashmiri who want independence, while you don’t worry about the rights of people of GB who have been Patriots and Guardians of Pakistan without any condition for last 70 years despite they were not given any rights.Recommend

  • Shafqat Hussain
    Jan 15, 2016 - 8:51PM

    Why discrimination with Kashmir? “It is very Sad, That Govt and Pakistan Army is doing with Kashmir, Why don’t they let other telecom operator like(Mobilink, Telenor..etc) to provide 3G in that area. Those operator already have setup in those regions. I know the only reason is SCO(Army owned telecom operator) which is only working in AJK and GB. they don’t want any competitor because of their poor quality and limited areas.

    This Auction drama is not much useful for AJK and GB which happened recently. These new operator will take time to expand networks and they might.

    Please let already setup telecom operators to operate in that area.

    This is clear discrimination with Kashmiries, why Kashmir is being treated different? Border area and security is not reason, Those telecom companies are already working in AJK and GB. there is also direct border between Pakistan and India why companies are allowed there.

    When Govt is building dams in Kashmir they don’t need any permission but for 3G.

    Please treat Kashmir equal or Leave it.”Recommend

  • Feb 24, 2016 - 11:31AM

    We have nothing to do with Kashmir. We need our rights in Gilgit-Baltistan!Recommend

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