Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan: Nationalist activists booked in skardu

The civil administration has imposed section 144 in Skardu and instructed the secret agencies to arrest the students and sympathieser of Baltistan Students Federation from other cities of Pakistan whom have intention to visit Skardu to attend the convention of BSF on 18 July 2009.
Skardu Police has registered FIR against 16 nationalist activists under the sections 186,149,506,447,357 of Pakistan Penel Code.
The police arrested Syed Hyder Shah Rizvi (Vice President Balawaristan National Front) ,Shulam Shehzad Agha (Secretary General Gilgit Baltistan United Movement) ,Haji Inayat Ali (senior citizen) including the workers of BSF Hassnain ,Muhammad Sabir,Muhammad Ashraf,Amjad Ali,Sakhawat ,Asif, Ashaq,Feroz ,Abbas and Ismail .
The city was completely shot down yesterday on the call of Baltistan Students Federation against the heinous and brutal action of city police. Skardu police is also searching the others nominated activists and raided several spot and homes in the city to arrest the remaining accused.
According to the reports Baltistan Students Federation is going to held annual central convention in Skardu on 18 July 2009,.
The tense in the city was raised on 13 July 2009 when Executive Engineer NAPWD Muhammad Rasheed has tore the invitation letter of BSF in front of the students .The students protested against the misbehavior of Muhammad Rasheed and at the end of peaceful rally police has arrested the activists.

Manzoor Hussain Parwana Chairman Gilgit Baltistan United Movement has strongly condemned the arrest and calls the civil administration to release the activist.
Parwana blamed that the non-local civil administration wants to shift the sectarianism and regionalism in Baltistan after sabotaging the peace of Gilgit City.
The non local civil administration of skardu in responsible to create tense in the city

Press Release

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan: Police arrested political leader

Skardu:14 July 2009
Skardu Police today has arrested Ghulam Shehzad Agha along with 8 other political activists of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement and Baltistan Students Federation.
Baltistan Students Federation is going to held her annual central convention in Skardu on 18 July 2009, but the administration is not allowing to held the scheduled convention is Skardu. The tense in the city was raised yesterday on 13 July when Execative Engineer NAPWD Muhammad Rasheed has tored the invitation letter of BSF in front of the students .The students arranged protest rally againts Muhammad Rasheed today. At the end of peaceful rally police has arrested the secretary General GBUM Shazzad Agha including with other 8 students.
Manzoor Hussain Parwana Chairman Gilgit Baltistan United Movement has strongly condemned the arrest and call the officals to release the activists immediately.
Parwana said unfortunatly in the goverment of PPP such incidents occured in the sity which is the double standard democatical system of the government.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Giligt Baltistan: Where the 3rd World War will be over ?

Gilgit -Baltistan is a remarkable strategic crossroad region of the world, with 28,000 square miles of area situated in the midst of four nuclear powers. This noteworthy constituency between China, Pakistan, Central Asian Republics and India is also known as “Where the empires meet” or “Where the powers meet”. The three highest mountain ranges of the world i.e. Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalaya also join hands here. This region is the focus of attention of tourists and adventurers, world over, extensively rich in mineral wealth and immense natural resources.

According to the analysts "The Third World War will be over fresh water". Glaciers, rivers and streams of Karakorum, Hamalaya and Hindukush are the second big source of fresh water in the world. In order to win the war over fresh water in the near future USA has fixed her eyes over Deosai Plateau.

The Deosai Plateau, known as the highest plateau in the world is located at the boundary of the Karakoram and the western Himalayas. Deosai Plains are at about 30 kilometres from Skardu at an average elevation of 3500 metre.
It is a beautiful summer pasture with greenery and countless species of Fiona flora. The view of the Karakorum Range from the top of the 4785 meter pass is legendary. Apart from fairies, this plateau is the habitat of the greatly threatened Himalayan Brown Bear and many other wild animals.
Due to its geographical and defensive importance, USA and UK has often asked Pakistan to let them use these plains for their military purposes, but this is delayed or refused by the Pakistani Government due to the opposition and resistance of the local population. USA can raise the agenda of protecting fresh water from atomic explosion, chemical pollution and Talibanisation to take control of the entire region.USA also needs air base surrounding the Karakuram Highway to monitor the activities of China.
Mostly it is thought that China will not tolerate the interference of USA in these areas. It is a one sided thought because the interference of USA in Gilgit-Baltistan does not affect China rather it will protect the interests of China. China is very suspicious about the growing activities of Taliban in NWPF the adjacent areas of Gilgit-Baltistan because China does not likes such activities on its border areas and if USA will engaged this area China will take a sign of relief.
To please China, America has offered concessions in the world trade market and also regarding Hong Kong. The hatred for USA by religious clerics are at its own place but if Dollar will replace Rayal and Tuman then new sermons will change the opinion of the masses.

Manzoor Hussain Parwana

{The writer is Editor of Monthly Magazine "Kargil International' (Banned). He is chairman of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement, a pro-independent organization in Baltistan.}

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Gilgit Baltistan: Call to open old trade routes

Weekly Bang-e- Sahar 5 July 2009
SKARDU: Chairman Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement Manzoor Hussain Parwana has said closing the doors of economic development on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan is tantamount to their economic murder. He said the government of Pakistan should take immediate measures to open the old trade routes from Skardu to Kargil, Ishkoman to Tajikistan and Astor to Srinagar.
He said at present Karakoram Highway was the only route of economic activity between China and Pakistan but areas near to this vital highway have been hit by the wave of terrorism and there was a danger that the KKH may also be hit by terrorists.
He said if an operation is launched against terrorists near the KKH the highway would remain closed bringing the wheel of economic activity in the whole region to a complete halt.
Besides, the closure of the highway will cut off Gilgit-Baltistan from the outside world. Therefore, the government should open all other routes connecting the region with the neighboring countries.
Parwana also said that the current ban on import of edible items from China should be lifted so that wheat and other essential items could be imported from China to end the shortage of the commodity in Gilgit-Baltistan.