Change In GB Status Not Acceptable: Ex-PaK PM

ISLAMABAD: Any changes in the status of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) would be “detrimental” to Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir and would never be acceptable to the Kashmiri people, former Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has said.

“Kashmiris living on either side of the Line of Control (LoC) as well as in Ladakh, Aksai Chin and Gilgit-Baltistan are party to the Kashmir issue along with Pakistan and India,” Khan was quoted as saying in a news report by Pakistan Today.

Gilgit-Baltistan formed a part of undivided Jammu and Kashmir till 1947 and since then GB is part of Pakistan.

The Pakistan government is planning to annex Gilgit-Baltistan into Pakistan as its fifth province.

Khan asserted that the Kashmiri people were the “custodian of the freedom struggle and they would never allow anyone to surrender Kashmir to India”.

Asked if the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), that passes through the region, was a major cause for the Nawaz Sharif government’s plan to annexe the region into Pakistan, he said: “The border agreement between Pakistan and China provided the basis for the CPEC and there was no need to change GB’s status.”

Alleging that Pakistan was “implementing” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda, Khan said: “This effort is aimed at turning Pakistan into a puppet state of India. Perhaps, this is the agenda for which worst rigging was done to help elect Sharif as the Prime Minister.”

Khan, also the president of the All-Pakistan Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conference, attacked Sharif and said that “Nawaz Sharif would do dis-service to the nation if he took a step that would be detrimental to the Kashmir cause. Any such step would tantamount to violation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir”.

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