CM Warns of Sectarian Conflict As A Consequence of Indian Interference in GB

File Photo: CM GB Hafiz Hafizur Rehman
The Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan has warned of sectarian conflict in the region as a consequences of Indian interference in the affairs of Gilgit Baltistan.

In an interview to Geo News' anchor Salim Safi, CM Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said that Indian interference in the affairs of Gilgit Baltistan is eminent since the execution of Pak-Chiana Economin Corridor route which has to be passed through the disputed region of Gilgit Baltistan. India is spending millions of dollars to sabotage the billion dollar project, and we see many local agents on its disposal in the back drop of prevailing situation to enforce Indian ambitions. .

He said that Indian interference could lead to sectarian exploitation destroying the greater religious, ethnic and cultural diversity in the region.

He said that some Indian interference was evident in last assembly elections in which Indian agents tried their best to disrupt the law and order situation which was foiled by Pak Army.

Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said that the majority of the people of Gilgit Baltistan wanted to first join Kashmir and then annexation with Pakistan, that is the PML (N) manifesto, of which he was also a member.

He said the PML N's government focuses on socio-economic upliftment in the region, and for that federal government has allocated Rs. 2 billion within the last three months.

He also said that Gilgit Baltistan should be administered through interim constitution and be granted representation in NFC and CCI as an oberver member, till the resolution of Kashmir issues.

Though, there was no official reaction from the community towards Mr. Hafeezur Rehman has raised the finger, some members have expressed serious concerns about his comments in private discussions.

"Mr. Hafiz has blamed the community which is well known for their peace loving behavior. It has played greater role in socio-economic development of not only the region but at global level. CM's blame must be taken serious as the community is already prone to terrorist attacks, evident from Safoora Goth incident", said a member of community on condition of anonymity.

“He (CM) wanted to involve the whole community to build pressure on some of its members to give up their individual activities which are considered threat to the long standing territorial dispute of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan", he said.

"He clearly warns that either the community must formally side itself or bear the dire consequence of the activities of some of its members”, said another member of the community. He also noted that Mr. Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman was cheating the same community which brought his to assembly in last election.