GB assembly has no right to decide future of region: KNP, JKLF

LONDON: Nationalist parties of Kashmir have strongly opposed the resolution passed by Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) demanding full provincial status for the region.

Kashmir National Party leaders Abbas Butt, Zubair Ansari and Dr Shabir Choudhry in a joint statement reiterated KNP stand that Gilgit Baltistan is legal and constitutional part of State of Jammu and Kashmir; and the entire State is disputed and forcibly divided and occupied.

KNP leaders said the State of Jammu and Kashmir is one political entity and must not be divided in any form or shape. Whatever the future status of the State it must remain united; and any attempts to divide it will be opposed as it will be disastrous for Jammu and Kashmir State and the entire region of South Asia.

They said Gilgit Baltistan was practically controlled and annexed by Pakistan, and this move was opposed by all freedom loving people in Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and in Jammu and Kashmir. However, it is disturbing to note that those forces which want to divide the State of Jammu and Kashmir are, once again, active and they want to pass a resolution through the Gilgit Baltistan Assembly to provide some legal cover for annexation of this region.

KNP leaders further said those who are presenting this resolution or supporting it are not well wishers of the people of Gilgit Baltistan; and this move is perceived as treachery by the freedom loving people of Jammu and Kashmir State.

KNP leaders added this move is very dangerous and will provide justification to the similar resolution passed by the Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, on strength of which India claims Kashmir to be its integral part.

Abbas Butt and Dr Shabir Choudhry said during our stay in Geneva, we will meet like minded Kashmiri people and work out some strategy to oppose this nefarious move, and see how we can activate the UN mechanism to highlight this move of Pakistani controlled Assembly, as it is clearly violation of the UNCIP Resolutions on the Kashmir dispute.

Meanwhile, London branch of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has condemned the move by the Pakistani authorities to make Gilgit Baltistan a part of Pakistan constitutionally.

In a statement issued after the meeting of JKLF London Branch, it said that Gilgit Baltistan is part & parcel of Jammu Kashmir State and Pakistan has no legal or moral justification whatsoever to annex this part of Jammu Kashmir.

The statement said that at one hand Kashmiri people are fighting the Indian occupation and now Pakistan, the so-called big brother " of Kashmiris is back-stabbing the people of Jammu Kashmir and their sacred movement for national emancipation. By taking this illegal and unjust step, Kashmiris are being forced to consider Pakistan in par with India. IfPakistan really cares for Kashmiris and wants peace in the region, it must not betray Kashmiris, who have also sacrificed so much for Pakistan.

JKLF and people of Kashmir will strongly oppose and resist conspiracies against the sacred cause of freedom and the fundamental rights of the people from all parts of forcibly divided state of Jammu Kashmir of which Gilgit-Baltistan is an integral part till the end.

The meeting was attended by President of JKLF London Branch Mahmood Faiz, Vice President Mohammad Farooq, General secretary Mohammad Saleem, Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Javaid Rashid, Tariq Sharif, Sanawar Hussain, Tasalat Hussain and other office bearers of JKLF London branch.