Friday, June 12, 2009

Govt intends to use force in Gilgit, Baltistan under pretext of eliminating Taliban

ISLAMABAD: A recent announcement of the Pakistan Army and its intelligence agency (ISI ISI International Sensitivity Index, see there ) stated that the Taliban are taking shelter in the Gilgit and Baltistan areas. The area is a disputed part of Jammu & Kashmir, according to the United Nation Commission on India and Pakistan (UNCIP UNCIP United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan ) resolutions of 13th August, 1948 , and of 5th January 1949 . The announcement has created insecurity among two million people who are already denied development for 62 years since the creation of Pakistan . The purpose of using the pretext of the presence of the Taliban in the area is to mislead USA and NATO forces who are involved in war on terror This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. For other conflicts, see Terrorism. The War on Terror (also known as the War on Terrorism . They want to posit that the Taliban is a menace in the construction of the big dams and wish to occupy Gilgit and Baltistan themselves. The Bhasha Diamar Mega Dams reservoir, located in Diamar, would submerge 110 kilometres of the Karakoram Highway and around 80,000 people would be displaced initially. After the extension of the Bhasha dam about 300,000 local indigenous people will be displaced and about a 200 kilometre area up to a Gilgit town will be submerged. This will destroy not only the oldest Buddhist civilization but other ancient civilizations as well. Pakistan also has a plan to build a Mega dam in Skardu, Gilgit district, which will lead to displacement of 200,000 aborigines aborigines: see Australian aborigines. . In height 650 feet, the Skardu Dam will submerge Skardu city along with its historical and sacred religious places and forts. It will also destroy large deposits of minerals together with ancient structures of all of Baltistan including, Kharmang, Shigar, Khapolu. Historical parts of Rundo will vanish from our earth forever. Furthermore, the government of Pakistan Government of Pakistan (Urdu: حکومتِ پاکستان), The Constitution of Pakistan provides for a Federal Parliamentary System of government, with a President as the Head of State and an indirectly-elected Prime also intends to build a third Dam in Bonji (disputed Territory), on the river Indus. No consultation with the people of the area or stake holders has been forthcoming. This project will result in great losses affecting the environment, wild life, minerals including precious stonesestimated to be worth billions of dollars. Summarizing the displacement of various populations, it is estimated that 80,000 will be displaced by the Diamar Bhasha Dam, 300,000 from the Skardu dam and about 30,000 through the construction of the Bunji dam. These are all indigenous people of this land who will be displaced. The population of Gilgit and Baltistan has never been assured that they will get royalties from the construction of the Bhasha-Diamer dam. It is expected that the reservoir will spread over an area of 7.3 million acres in Diamar, Northern areas of Jammu & Kashmir State would suffer inundation INUNDATION. The overflow of waters by coming out of their bed. 2. Inundations may arise from three causes; from public necessity, as in defence of a place it may be necessary to dam the current of a stream, which will cause an inundation to the upper lands; of about 32 villages. Another area of concern is a power house situated some kilometres away in North west frontier province (NWFPNWFP North-West Frontier Province (northwest Pakistan)NWFP Northwest Forest PlanNWFP Non-Wood Forest Product ..... Click the link for more information.). It is supposed to generate 4,500 megawatts of electricity. Given Pakistan s step-motherly treatment towards the people of this disputed territory, the royalties from the dam would accrue to the NWFP province and not to the Gilgit Baltistan areas. The power generating unit will be built in Bhasha in NWFP with the intention and the result of depriving the people of this disputed land of their rights. Balawaristan National Front (BNF See Backus-Naur form.
BNF - Backus-Naur Form. Originally Backus Normal Form. ) appealed, on behalf of the 2 million people of Balawaristan (Pakistan Occupied Gilgit Baltistan) to the World Bank, IMF IMFSee: International Monetary Fund
IMFSee International Monetary Fund (IMF). , Asian Development Bank Asian Development BankA financial_institution established in 1966 to reduce poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. The bank is headquartered in Manila, Philippines and consists of 61 member countries. and all the financial and donor agencies and countries including China . BNF requests them not to provide funds, loans, aid, or technical assistance. And most importantly, that technology not is provided to Pakistan for the construction of Mega dams like Bhasha Diamar Dam, Bonji Dam, Hanzel Dam, Skardu Dam and Khapolu Baltistan dam all of which are on disputed lands. The BNF claims that occupying forces of Pakistan are trying to attack the area of Diamar surrounding the Bhasha Dam. They are doing this under the pretext of eliminating the presence of the Taliban. The real purpose is to crush the struggle for freedom and the anti-Dam movement of the people of Diamar and Gilgit Baltistan. The Asian Human Rights Commission The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was founded in 1986 by a prominent group of jurists and human rights activists in Asia. The AHRC is an independent, non-governmental body, which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region, and to urges government of Pakistan to desist from using the force under the pretext of Taliban and making mega dams to deprive the indigenous people who are the inhabitants since thousands years. The government should also consult the people and stake holders on mega projects and must follow the resolutions of UNCIP. The governments unilateral decision to make mega dams will be disastrous for the local people as several hundred thousand people will be rendered home less. Curtesy Balochistan Times, 01 June, 2009

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