Hunja, March 16: Pakistan is planning to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region as the fifth province which actually was an integral part of India. However, this step of Pakistan clearly shows that it is violating all the resolutions passed by United Nations on the Kashmir issues.
Pakistan's minister for inter-provincial coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told Geo TV that a committee headed by Advisor of Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had proposed giving the status of a province to Gilgit-Baltistan. He also said that a constitutional amendment would be made to change the status of the region, through which the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes.
Now, after violating all the resolutions passed in UN, Pakistan is planning to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region as the fifth province.
Because of Pakistan’s worst rule and apathy towards GB and giving a free hand to China to suppress the people of GB and loot the natural resources, the common man in GB is now pitching his voice against Pakistan. There are two voices emerging. One is to be separate from Pakistan’s rule and become an independent nation, second is to go with India. Both voices are formed to get detached with Pakistan immediately. Feared by those voices and China’s rising pressure, the rulers of Pakistan are on a way to gulp the region of Gilgit-Baltistan by making it a legitimate part of Pakistan by announcing it the fifth province.
India has objected to this unholy act of Pakistan and raised the issue in the UNHRC meeting yesterday. Indian Representative Nabanita Chakrabarti told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva said, Pakistan must fulfill its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
Notably, Pakistan is the biggest violator of United Nations resolutions as it did not withdraw its army from Gilgit-Baltistan ever. According to the resolution passed by United Nations in 1949, both Indian and Pakistani government supposed to withdraw their army from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan agreed that “its troops are to withdraw from the state; and that it will use its best endeavors to secure the withdrawal of tribesmen and Pakistan nationals not normally residing in the state who entered the purpose of fighting.”
Whereas, India agreed to withdraw its army only after the UN commission notifies that the “Pakistan has completely withdrawn its tribesmen, nationals and forces from the states.” Following the resolutions, the Indian army was withdrawn soon but Pakistani government captured Gilgit-Baltistan forcefully.
Later, Pakistani government also promised to the United Nations Organization for respect free political activity in Gilgit-Baltistan. But Pakistan, as usual, didn’t keep its promise and violated all the human rights rules. Pakistani army killed innocent peoples of Gilgit-Baltistan, kidnapped those who raised their voice for the freedom of state etc.
Gilgit-Baltistan is a legitimate part of Jammu and Kashmir when the accession document was signed by Raja Hari Singh in 1947. But the betrayal of some British officers and raised communal sentiments hijacked the Gilgit-Baltistan at that time. The map of Jammu and Kashmir features the area as part of India.
In 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded the Shaksgam Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan to China in a 1963 border agreement. The area is significant to both Pakistan and China as the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through the region. Interestingly, it is also believed that due to China’s pressure Pakistan is planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan its 5th Province.
The Gilgit-Baltistan occupied by Pakistan covers 85,793 sq km and is treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan. It has a regional assembly and an elected chief minister. The area was divided in 1970 into two: Mirpur-Muzaffarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and the Federally Administered Gilgit-Baltistan.