Kotli, April 22: Pakistan’s worst rule and apathy towards Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) continues in order to suppress the voice of the people of GB and loot the natural resources. More Pakistan tries to suppress GB’s voice; more loudly it erupts - Thousands protested on streets against Pak illegitimate act.
However, this time again Pakistani forces attempted to occupy the local land, religious sites, prayer-fields of Kotli which is situated in GB but the common man in the region has pitched up its voice and thousands came on the street over Pakistan’s illegitimate act.
Notably, Senge H. Sering who stays in Washington and born in Pakistan-occupied-Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday tweeted about this fresh protest of people in the region against Pakistan’s illegitimate act, He tweeted, “Thousands took to streets in Kotli, #Pakistan occupied #Kashmir against army's attempt to occupy local land, religious sites, prayer-fields.”
Earlier, massive protests called by lawyers across the Pakistan occupied region of Gilgit-Baltistan against Pakistan’s illegal move to declare it as the fifth province. Later, India showed the mirror to Pakistan in United Nations and called them a ‘terror factory’ and asked to vacate PoK. Whereas, India’s External Minister Sushma Swaraj too have warned Pakistan for such conspiring and illegitimate moves and vowed to bring PoK to the original form of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, UK also smashed Pakistan and said GB is legal, constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir which is illegally occupied by Islamabad.
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.”
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.
Earlier, Gilgit-Baltistan was treated as a separate geographical entity by Pakistan. However, it has regional assembly and an elected Chief Minister. 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.