Pak ‘annexing’ GB forces Geelani pick up pen,write to Sharief

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday shot a letter to Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif asking him not to merge Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan.

Geelani’s letter to Nawaz Sharief comes roughly after a fortnight when the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), chairman Yasin Malik send a similar letter to Nawaz Sharief cautioning Pakistan against changing the status of Gilgit Baltistan, claiming it will adversely affect the future of millions of Kashmiris 

 “While terming the Gilgit-Baltistan as integral part of Jammu & Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani said that the Pak-China economic corridors will definitely boost the economic condition of this region but merging Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan for this purpose is not necessary,” said a statement issued by Hurriyat (G).  

 Geelani said that the merger of Gilgit-Baltistan with Pakistan will prove a disaster for the disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir and this act will impact the disputed status of this region. 

 “Ending the international constitutional status of the state will end the Kashmir issue and it will create doubts in the minds of common people of the state,” Geelani said in the letter. 

 “Geelani Sahab in his letter reminded the Pakistan Prime Minister of his speech which he had delivered in UN general assembly and in which he had advocated the right to self determination demand of the Kashmiri nation, withdrawal of armed forces and holding of referendum in the state and had criticized the UNO for failing to implement its resolutions and ending the human rights violations in Kashmir,” the statement quoted Geelani as saying. 

 The pro-freedom leader said that the government of Pakistan should concentrate over the citizen rights, development and prosperity of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and should address their issues. 

 He said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan could have some genuine grievances and by addressing those complaints, Pakistan can restore their trust and their affiliation with the Pakistan. 

 “Geelani sahab further wrote in his letter that the entire Jammu & Kashmir including Gilgit-Baltistan is a dispute according to the UNO resolutions. 

 “India by holding elections and forming Assembly in 1957 unilaterally tried to change the status of the one part of the state but by adopting the resolution Number 122, the United Nations Security Council rejected the constitutional and legal status of this move,” he added.

 “…My health is not keeping well since last few days and the Doctors have advised me for complete rest but I am writing these few lines despite being in bed because the reports about the Gilgit-Baltistan has make me uneasy and this forced me to pick up the pen”. 

 He praised the efforts of Pakistan Prime Minister vis-a-vis easing out the differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 

 He also expressed his satisfaction over the operation of the Pakistan government against the internal as well as external terrorists who are playing with the innocent lives and who are working to destabilize this country.

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