‘Political destiny of J&K is yet to be decided’
SRINAGAR: Joint resistance leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Friday said any proposal to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth province of Pakistan was unacceptable stating that any such move tantamount to changing the “disputed nature of Kashmir.”
According to a joint statement issued here by the trio; Kashmir, Ladakh, Jammu, Pakistan administered Kashmir and Giglit Baltistan is a single entity. “Political destiny of J&K is yet to be decided,” the statement said.
Declaring Pakistan as a prime party to Kashmir issue, the leadership said that people in J&K have always regarded and accepted the role of Pakistan as a party to the issue. “But any step which may hamper the disputed status of Kashmir is unacceptable,” the statement said. “We hail the role of Pakistan for raising the issue at the international forums. But any deviation in its stance about Kashmir and its geographical entity is improper and will prove detrimental for Kashmir cause.”
The joint resistance leadership said that J&K is long standing issue in the international forums and world community has agreed to decide its political destiny through resolutions acknowledged by UN.
“Unless and until the people of state are provided an opportunity to decide the future course of state through referendum, no division, alteration and changes are acceptable,” the trio said. Rejecting any idea of merging of its part or division of state, the leaders said that both India and Pakistan have no authority or right to alter the geographical status of state.
Referring to claims propounded by Indian authorities and terming it a brazen lie, leadership rejected their claim about political status of J&K. “We suggest India and Pakistan to show wisdom and desist from such steps which may hamper the political and geographical position of J&K,” the statement said. The leaders expressed hope that Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Shareef will fulfill his commitment regarding the geographical entity of J&K and desist from this adventure of annexing Giglit-Baltistan as fifth province of Pakistan.__GK News