Emphatic ‘No’ by AJK for G-B’s provincial status

Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly passes resolution against proposed move

M A Mir January 14, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

MUZAFFARABAD:


The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed two resolutions against the proposed provincial status for Gilgit-Baltistan region.


The resolutions were tabled by AJK Finance Minister Latif Akbar and All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (AJKMC) member assembly Sayab Khalid on Wednesday.

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Apart from the treasury members, the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, AJK chapter, unexpectedly supported the resolutions. Other parliamentary parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (AJKMC), also backed the resolutions while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Barrister Sultan Mahmood did not attend the session.

“Making Gilgit-Baltistan a fifth province will weaken Pakistan’s national stand on Jammu and Kashmir at the international level. Gilgit-Baltistan was part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and whenever a plebiscite is conducted the people of G-B will also have the right to decide their future with the people of other parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” reads one resolution.



It further stated that the move to give G-B provincial status would not only serve the interests of India but also negate the stand of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif on the Kashmir dispute.

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“It is time to work more for internal autonomy, political and constitutional rights than taking such an initiative that will lead us to the division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” it further reads.

Talking to the media outside the assembly building, AJK Rehabilitation Minister Abdul Majid Khan said the state government appreciated the support of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, MQM and AJKMC to pass unanimously the resolutions against provincial status for G-B.

“It was our collective responsibility to stand against every move that paves the way for the division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” Khan said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2016.

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GKA | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Do the people of Indian Kashmir have a say in this matter ? All the time we hear about wishes of kashmiri people - well there are more Kashmiris in the Indian side of the border And the logic provided within comments is interesting. The logic pertains to boundaries of princely states and administrative and military control - not to demographics and identity politics which is the ostensible basis of the Kashmir dispute. So would the seperation of GB dilute such reference to identity ? What would the impact be on Jammu - large administrative sub division, hindu dominated and BJP allied, and administrative headquarters of Indian J&K during winter months. What about Ladakh. Lastly - no one seems to talk about the area occupied by China and ceded by Pakistan to China. I do not know the history books on this issue well - did AJK protest the ceding to China. What was its position on this ?
Liaqat Ali Khan | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend If invasions create nations, then the dogra invasion of Gilgit Baltistan turned this region into Kashmir. By similar arguements, the entire subcontinent was ruled by the British empire so all this region should be declared part of Great Britain. The history of Gilgit Baltistan does not begin in 1846 when the dogra annexed Gilgit Baltistan with Kashmir. And Kashmir used to be a province of the Punjab state itself.
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