Thursday, 26 December 2013

Pakistan occupying Gilgit Baltistan territory one by one

Pakistan occupying Gilgit Baltistan territory one by one
ISLAMABAD: After shattering the resolutions of the United Nations under its feet, Pakistan is continuing to illegally grab the territorial areas of Gilgit-Baltistan one by one while the political leadership of the region remains silent spectator as before.

After merging the geographical and culturally homogenous part of Chitral into the Pashtoon dominated KPK province, Pakistan has also occupied Shandur and now is eyeing the part of Diamer district where the mega dam is to be built so that Islamabad can claim the royalty of the reservoir.  The people of Gilgit-Baltistan bitterly divided on the basis of sectarianism now have left alone the residents of Diamer when they stood up against the occupation of their land by the KPK government eyeing on the royalty of the Diamer dam being built in the Giglit-Baltistan territory. It may also be noted that Pakistan has planned to build the mega dam in the disputed territory of Gilgit-Baltistan while under the UN resolutions it was not allowed to do so. As far as the Shandur area is concerned, the KPK government has occupied it and annually arranges the world famous Shandur festival on its own while the government and people of Gilgit-Baltistan attended the festival as guests. In the 70s, the then prime minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gifted the Shimshal area of Gilgit-Baltistan to China without letting the people of eh region know about it.

The latest bolt from the blue for the people of the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan came as the federal government decided to take over the Diamer land for an indefinite period after the KPK government occupied it and the Diamer people rose in protest against the occupation. The people of the region can never expect Pakistan as a neutral arbitrator and they are sure that Islamabad will never hand the piece of land to GB again. The people of eh region are fearful that slowly and stealthily Pakistan would be occupying the whole land of Gilgit-Baltistan as the  government of Mehdi Shah remains incapable of protecting the rights of the masses. The concerned people of Giglit-Baltistan have called upon the UN to intervene in the matter and top Pakistan from occupying the land of the region to protect the indigenous people from being annihilated by the occupying elements.

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