Weekly Bang-e-sahar Saturday, May 31—–June 6, 2008
By Our Correspondent
Skardu: Chairman Gilgit-Baltistan Democratic Alliance Shahzad Agha has said Pakistani leaders should first set their own house in order before making tall claims of providing justice to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. Mr Agha criticized the recent secretary level talks between India and Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir. In a press statement, he said Siachin was an integral part of Glgit-Baltistan and no outside leader had any right to take decision about it. If Pakistan and India are interested in resolving the issue of Kashmir including Gilgit-Baltistan, nationalist leaders of the region should be included in the dialogue process. Mr Agha said there would be no effect on the overall socio-economic situation in Pakistan with the change of faces at the helms of affairs. He said the masses have been hoodwinked in the name of restoration of judiciary and democracy in Pakistan. In this crucial time, the people of the region should support nationalist leaders and take part in their movement so that they can achieve their basic human rights. Mr Agha said if Pakistan and India were serious in solving the longstanding issues, people of this region should be given representation in the dialogue process. They should also open routes between Kargil and Ladakh for travel and trade between the divided parts of Kashmir, he added.