Sunday, 26 March 2017

British Parliament condemns Pakistani announcement of Gilgit Baltistan as its 5th Frontier

British Parliament passes motion condemning Pakistani announcement of declaring Gilgit Baltistan as its 5th Frontier.

A motion was passed in the British Parliament condemning Islamabad's announcement of declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier.
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The motion which was tabled on March 23 and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman, stated that Pakistan, by making such an announcement, is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area.

It was further noted that the attempts to change the demography of the region was in violation of State Subject Ordinance and the 'forced and illegal construction' of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) further aggravated and interfered with the disputed territory . 

“Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression,” the motion read. The motion was tabled and sponsored on March by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman who stated that Pakistan by making such an announcement is attempting to annexe the already disputed area.

The motion further criticised the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and noted that it’s an attempt to change the demography of the region which is the violation of the State Subject Ordinance.

The Gilgit-Baltistan area is Pakistan’s northernmost administrative territory that borders the disputed Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Recently, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Affair advisor Sartaz Aziz had recommended Gilgit-Baltistan to give a provincial status.

Pakistan has four provinces in form of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. India's stand is that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes areas currently under Pakistan occupation, is an integral part of the Union of India.

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