In letter to Sharif, Yasin opposes Gilgit-Baltistan merger with Pak : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

In letter to Sharif, Yasin opposes Gilgit-Baltistan merger with Pak

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik on Tuesday wrote a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asking him to “stay away” from the planned change in the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan, which would officially merge a part of the state’s territory with Pakistan.

In letter to Sharif, Yasin opposes Gilgit-Baltistan merger with Pak

JKLF chief Yasin Malik



Tribune News Service

Srinagar, January 12

Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik on Tuesday wrote a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asking him to “stay away” from the planned change in the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan, which would officially merge a part of the state’s territory with Pakistan.

Malik, who heads the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), opposed the planned change in the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan — part of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed in 1947 — which would provide a legal cover to Pakistan to include it as the country’s newest province.

“If Pakistan imposes its sovereign writ over Gilgit-Baltistan, India will then have a political and moral right to integrate Kashmir with it. With one stroke, Pakistan will be helping India to consolidate its writ on Kashmir,” Malik said in the letter addressed to Sharif. “(I) urge and appeal to you to stay away from such a course of action”.

Gilgit-Baltistan, which is made up of seven districts, is the northern-most administrative territory of Pakistan. According to Pakistani media reports, a meeting is scheduled on Thursday this week which will consider a proposal to upgrade the status of Gilgit-Baltistan into a “provincial province”.

If Pakistan goes ahead with changing the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan, it will be a major shift in Islamabad’s position on the Kashmir issue. Pakistan has been insisting that the parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under its control are semi-autonomous and not its territory.

The merger of Gilgit-Baltistan can have a significant implication on Pakistan’s demand for implementation of the United Nations resolutions which call for referendum in the state as it existed prior to the division in 1947.

Malik is the first Kashmiri separatist to oppose Pakistan’s latest plan. “If your government incorporates Gilgit-Baltistan into Pakistan, and if as a consequence, India consolidates its hold in Kashmir, this would amount to bartering of people’s aspirations,” he said.

Top News

2 doctors arrested for manipulating blood report of teen in Pune Porsche accident case: Report

Pune car crash: Juvenile’s blood sample thrown away, replaced on directions of doctor, say police

The juvenile's father had called the doctor and offered him ...

Karnataka sex scandal: Will appear before SIT on May 31, says Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna

Karnataka sex scandal: Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna apologises to parents; says will appear before SIT on May 31

In a video statement, Revanna says he has ‘faith in court an...

Arvind Kejriwal moves Supreme Court; requests to extend interim bail by 7 days on health grounds

Arvind Kejriwal moves Supreme Court for extension of his interim bail by a week on medical grounds

Top court had on May 10 granted 21-day interim bail to the A...

IRS officer arrested after live-in partner found dead inside posh Noida flat

IRS officer arrested after live-in partner found dead inside posh Noida flat

The woman's family filed a complaint with the police after w...


Cities

View All