GB a separate entity” GBUM
By Our Correspondent
SKARDU: Chairman Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM) Manzoor Husain Parwana has said that Gilgit-Baltistan is neither part of Kashmir nor Pakistan. Those who are trying to link the region with any other country are wrong. He said that Gilgit-Baltistan was a party to the issue of Kashmir but it is not part of the state of Kashmir. Gilgit-Baltistan has its own geographical, historical, cultural and political history and significance and its people are a separate nation. Mr Parwana said that the decision of the parliamentary committee of Pakistan not to make Gilgit-Baltistan a province of Pakistan was correct and the people of the region welcomed it. He said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan by all definitions were a separate nation and fulfil the criteria to have a separate state of their own. Making the region a province of any country will be an injustice with the two million people of the area, he maintained. The parliamentary committee decision also vindicated the long-standing stance of the nationalist parties of Gilgit-Baltistan that the region was not constitutional part of Pakistan, he added. The GBUM chief said that had it been possible to make the region a separate province Zulfikar Ali Bhutto could have make it. He said those who were trying to merge the region with Kashmir or Pakistan on the basis of some sectarian considerations were doing no service to the people. Because of such an approach, the people of the region have been deprived of their basic rights for the last over six decades, he added.