Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gilgit Baltistan:The banishment of nationalist’s leaders condemned

Skardu, April 29

The puppet provincial like government of Gilgit Baltistan is afraid of the freedom movement of Gilgit Baltistan. The banishment of nationalist’s leadership from Gilgit is a condemnable and shameful act of the new born government of Gilgit Baltistan.
This was sated by Manzoor Hussain Parwana chairman Gilgit Baltistan United Movement addressing a press conference in Skardu.

Parwana said that the colonial masters are getting more and more power after the so-called empowerment package introduced in the region. The violation of basic rights of the people has become order of the day. The live example of the lawlessness in the region is to expel the son of soils from their hometowns.

He explained that at least 11 nationalists were throw our by forced for three months from Gilgit-Baltistan in a bid to prevent a public gathering they were planning to hold in the region.

The Gilgit Baltistan Democratic Alliance (GBDA) had planned to hold a public meeting in Garhi Bagh, Gilgit, to condemn the ‘Karachi Agreement’ of April 28, 1949, under which the administrative control of Gilgit Baltistan was handed over to the government of Pakistan. He Said.

The police raided hotels in Gilgit and took into custody nationalist leaders and activists belonging to AJK, whereas the rest were picked up from their residences in the town. The nationalist’s leader Shafqat Inqalabi was arrested from Gilgit and sent out for three months. He said

Manzoor Parwana urged international community to take notice the rights violation in Gilgit Baltistan and used influence to release Shafqat Inqalabi.

Detail of detainees.

Those who were banished included APNA chairman Wajahat Hasan Mirza, his younger brother Nadir Hasan Mirza, and Farooq Umar Advocate of Karakoram National Movement from GB; Raja Mazhar Advocate, Sardar Saghir, chairman JKLF (Amanullah group), Professor Abdul Razzaq Khan Khalique, spokesman APNA, Arif Shahid, secretary general National Liberation Front, Sabir Kashmiri, senior vice-chairman JKLF (Rauf Kashmiri group), human rights activists Farooq Niazi and former NSF president Mehmood Baig from AJK.

Issued by

Gilgit Baltistan United Movement

Monday, April 26, 2010

Gilgit Baltistan:PPP won polls, not hearts, General Secretary GBUM

SKARDU: General Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement Ghulam Shahzad Agha has said Gilgit-Baltistan is at the cross-roads of its history with a number of crises hitting the region. He said whenever the PPP comes to power it staged a number of dramas in the region and the latest one of them was the introduction of the so-called empowerment package 2009 which has widely been rejected by the masses.

He pointed out that for renaming the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, an amendment was made to the Article 1 of the constitution of Pakistan while in the case of Gilgit-Baltistan the law was never touched. This shows the status of the package announced for Gilgit-Baltistan, he added.
Speaking at a press conference here, Agha said that in order to misappropriate the development funds, councils were formed at the village level soon after the elections 2009 in which hand picked and favorite people were included.
He said by making false promises the PPP claimed to have won the elections but failed to win the hearts of the masses in the region.
Looking at the tactics used during the elections, the people of the region are no more ready to believe what the ruling party is saying now. He said the funds of the Benazir income support program were also widely misused.
He demanded that the local bodies elections should be held without any further delay and if the government tried to delay the polls the doors of the apex court would be knocked.