Gilgit-Baltistan merger will affect Kashmir freedom struggle

Srinagar: Senior APHC leader and Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Chairman Mukhtar Ahmad Waza today said that merger of Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan will affect Kashmir freedom struggle.

Waza, who today under mass contact program visited several areas of Kulgam including, Wanpoh, Chadora, Mutalhama and areas said that merger of Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan could spoil the mission of martyrs who laid down sacrifices since 1947 for securing freedom from India.

“From last over seven decades Pakistan supports ongoing freedom struggle morally politically and diplomatically despite internal difficulties and problems. So I hope the country which advocated freedom to Kashmir during past seven decades will handle the situation and respect the aspirations and sacrifices of Kashmiri people,” Waza addressing a gathering said.

He hailed Pakistan for rendering political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmir freedom struggle and underlined the importance of same till Kashmir achieves its goal. Waza hoped that the country will continue to support Kashmiris and their freedom struggle for which lakhs of innocent Kashmiris laid down their precious lives.

He said that Kashmiris can’t forget the role in Pakistan in highlighting the oppression of Indian armed forces at international level but at the same time has right to correct Pakistan if it observes that any move like merger of Gilgit-Baltistan can spoil the martyrs mission. Waza suggested Pakistan to drop the idea of recognizing Gilgit-Baltistan a state and appealed the political leadership of country to honor the sacrifices of Kashmiris.

Waza wowed to take the ongoing freedom struggle to its logical conclusion despite odds. He denounced the use of brute force on peaceful female protesters in Srinagar and condemned the nocturnal raids being conducted by the forces ahead of Indian republic day.

He demanded immediate release of all those detained or imprisoned illegally by the state police since from last over three months and urged international human rights watch dogs to take a strong note of prevailing situation viz-a-viz human rights violations.