Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, May 10—-May 16 ,2008
By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: Terming the 1949 Karachi Agreement a fraud and conspiracy of the governments of Pakistan, speakers at a public gathering here said if delaying tactics continued in determining the status of the region, a civil disobedience movement would be launched in the area.
The public gathering was organized by the Gilgit-Baltistan Democratic Alliance in connection with the 59th anniversary of the Karachi Agreement.
Those who spoke on the occasion included Ghulam Shahzad Agha, Engineer Amanullah Khan, Col (retired) Nadir Hassan Mirza, Mumtaz Hussain Nagari, Engineer Manzoor Hussain Parwana, Baba Jan, Shah Rais, Wazir Shafi, Israruddin Israra and Haji Mohammad Hassan.
They said Gilgit-Baltistan was the last colony of the world, where people have been kept deprived of their basic rights for the last over 60 years. They said our forefathers had never opposed Pakistan but the successive governments have termed the region disputed and usurped the political, constitutional, social and economic rights of the people besides violating basic human rights.
They said when we ask for our rights, we are pushed to the walls on the pretext of the Kashmir dispute. They said in the Indian side of Kashmir people were given all basic rights and facilities while in the Pakistan side a constitutional setup was also working in Azad Kashmir Kashmir. However, people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been denied all basic rights. They said divided families on both sides of Kashmir were being allowed to meet each other but those in Kargil and Baltistan have been deprived of this right too.
They said the coalition government has tendered an apology to the Baloch people and issued orders to release all Baloch nationalist leaders. They said the government should also apologize to the nationalist leaders of Gilgit-Baltistan and withdraw fake cases registered against their leaders. They said nationalist leader Abdul Hamid Khan has been living in exile due to registration of bogus cases against him. They said all such cases against Hamid Khan should be withdrawn forthwith and he should be allowed to return to the country without any fear and apprehension.
The speakers said they supported the seven-zone formula of President Musharraf for the solution of the Kashmir issue. They said people of the region should unite in one platform to attain their rights which have been denied to them due to the conspiracies of the federalist forces.