Source: News Bharati English22 Aug 2016 15:54:28

Brussels, Aug 22: Abdul Hamid Khan, Chairman of Balawaristan National Front (BNF), has written a letter to Chairman of UN, Ban-Ki-Moon seeking his intervention to stop the alleged atrocities of the Pakistani army and civilians on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan areas.

The BNF also appealed to the UNSC and the European Union besides the UN to put pressure on Pakistan to end the occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan and withdraw its security forces and civilians in fulfilment of its obligations to UNCIP resolutions as the first step towards establishing local authority.

In a letter to the UN Secretary-General Baan-Ki-Moon, Abdul Hamid Khan, who has been living under political asylum in Brussels (Belgium), fervently appealed to the UN to ask Pakistan to end its illegal occupation of Chitral and Shenaki Kohistan, allowing the local people to rule their motherland.

The letter dated Aug 19, 2016, strongly appealed to the UN Secretary-General to save ‘the vanishing indigenous people’ of UN disputed territory from the clutches of Pakistan.

Abdul Hamid Khan alleged that the UN has been neglecting the Pak-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan (PoGB) since it has passed the resolution on April 28, 1949. The resolution had asked Pakistan to withdraw its military and civilian population from the occupied area within three months. But due to the negligence of the UN, Pakistan did not comply with the UN resolution, the letter said.

On the contrary, owing to the UN negligence, Pakistan got emboldened and increased its violation of the UNCIP resolution and committed atrocities against the two million people of PoGB and J & K. The letter further said that the entire J & K issue including the PoGB is political and not a religious one.

The following are some excerpts derived from the official records of UN Security Council on Gilgit-Baltistan and Jammu & Kashmir, under the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP):

(a) “All persons (other than citizens of the State) who on or since 15 August 1947 have entered it for other than lawful purposes, shall be required to leave the State;

(b) There is no threat, coercion or intimidation, bribery or other undue influence on the voters in the plebiscite;

(c) No restrictions are placed on legitimate political activity throughout the State. There shall be freedom of press, speech, and assembly and freedom of travel in the State, including freedom of lawful entry and exit;

(d) All political prisoners are released;

(e) Minorities in all parts of the State are accorded adequate protection; and

(f) There is no victimization.”

UNCIP Truce terms also provided that “they should be without prejudice to the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the State of Jammu and Kashmir”.

 UNCIP TRUCE TERMS OF 28TH April 1949

“177. Part III of the truce terms contained various general provisions:

(a) It established that “the territory evacuated by the Pakistan troops will be administered by the local authorities under the surveillance of the Commission;”

Instead of initiating an immediate withdrawal of its citizens and forces, Pakistan has settled its citizens and multiplied its military personnel in the region by thousands of times more. People of PoGB have no right of vote in 21st century, the letter said.

The letter further stated that this is the plight of UN-declared disputed Gilgit-Baltistan under Pakistan’s illegal occupation, where political leaders are being treated as terrorists and real terrorists are actually free to torture and even kill political and religious opponents who dare not to obey the enslaving orders of the occupying forces and their intelligence agencies. Pakistani laws cannot be legitimately applied to those who are not even Pakistani citizens by international law and by Pakistan’s own constitution, Khan said in the letter.

There is no freedom of speech, the right to peaceful political assembly, the right to free travel and political activities. Nationalist political parties that do not follow ISI guidelines are not allowed to perform political activities. Issuing death threats and intimidation to politically affiliated human rights activists in the region has become a daily routine of Pakistani occupation regime, he mentioned in the letter.

Instead of releasing innocent detainees who have no criminal records, Pakistan arrests, tortures and imprisons hundreds of political and religious activists and awards them death sentences and life imprisonments without giving them any access to a free, fair, and lawful trial. (like High Court and Supreme Court). Occupation regime forces are awarded and promoted if they kill any indigenous person on the religious or political basis.

Abdul Hamid Khan also drew the attention of the UN Secretary-General to the fact that Pakistan has also violated territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by giving 2500 Sq mile area of Shimshal, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan to China in 1963 to construct Karakoram Highway(KKH) for its own military benefits.

Pakistan annexed areas of PoGB bordering with Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa, Chitral, and Kohistan. Now Pakistan has hatched the conspiracy to sell out the whole Gilgit-Baltistan to China under the pretext of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) without taking UN or the people of Gilgit-Baltistan into confidence, he said.

All the natural resources including uranium and gold mines, forest and water resources and land have been snatched from the people by force and given to Pakistan citizens, Pak Army, ISI and Chinese by violating UNSC resolutions.

Seeking intervention of the UN Khan said that the two million people of this disputed land have no way out, expect requesting Your Excellency to intervene, if Pakistani atrocities against indigenous people continue uncontrolled, South Asia and rest of the civilized world, eventually will have to face serious environmental and geopolitical consequences,  besides human catastrophe.