Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gilgit Baltistan United Movement Asks Pakistan to Disclose Information on Chinese Activities in Gilgit Baltistan


Skardu : 8th September, 2010

“Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement demands that Pakistan must immediately disclose information about Chinese activities in Gilgit Baltistan, as well as the details of the projects and bi-lateral agreements which have enabled China to exploit natural resources of the region without the consent of the natives”. The chairperson of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement, Manzoor Hussain
Parwana stated these words during a press conference in Skardu, Baltistan. He also demanded from Pakistan to disclose the details of Sino-Pak border agreement of 1963, by which Pakistan hand over 19,360 square kilometers of Gilgit Baltistan to China. He said, “Pakistan gifted to China large tracks of Aghil, Shimshal, Raskam and Shaksgam valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The press conference was called to discuss contents of articles published in New York Times, Economist and Guardian discussing Chinese presence in Gilgit Baltistan. He said, “The reports are creating political uncertainty and fear among the natives".The recent reports also remind us of
the great game, which the Russian, Chinese and British Empires orchestrated in the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains to gain global supremacy in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Any new effort by Pakistan to hand over Gilgit Baltistan to China will be dealt with great opposition.”

He said, “It may be true that strategic location of Gilgit Baltistan is attracting attention of global powers, however, the interests and rights of the natives can not be sacrificed to accommodate such aspirations. Pakistan and China’s unwarranted activities in Gilgit-Baltistan is causing instability and may as well threaten the wellbeing of the natives in the long run.”

He feared that growing Sino-Pak friendship will come at the cost of denying the right of self determination for the natives of Gilgit-Baltistan and depriving them of an independent country of their own. Manzoor requested the citizens of Gilgit-Baltistan to unify to achieve liberty, without becoming a pawn, which serve the interests of neighboring countries.

Issued by
Manzoor Hussain Parwana
Gilgit Baltistan United Movement
Skardu Baltistan

Friday, September 3, 2010

Target Killing in Gilgit Baltistan a conspiracy to stop public revolution.

During a press conference in Skardu on August 31, 2010, Manzoor Hussain Parwana, the Chairperson of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement expressed concern over unabated targeted killing of innocent natives of Gilgit-Baltistan. He blamed Pakistani security forces and intelligence agency personnel for their direct involvement in promoting instability in the region, which is part of the former Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir and remains under Pakistan’s occupation since 1947.
He said, “The death of four innocent residents of Gilgit city in the last week of August and destruction to six houses shows failure of so-called "province-like" administrative body in controlling the mayhem and providing security to the natives. Pakistani security agencies use such incidents as a tool to divert attention from degrading economy, the constitutional impasse as well as the destruction from the recent flashfloods. However, rampant joblessness and back-breaking expensive commodities will eventually force the people to come on the streets and rebel against the occupying forces.”
He reminded that even though the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan has requested Islamabad to transfer control of the para-military to Gilgit; however, this will still not solve the chronic political problems. He said, “The only viable solution is immediate and complete withdrawal of Pakistani security forces and illegal settlers from the region. As target killing was introduced only after Pakistan stationed her troops in Gilgit-Baltistan in 1947; the issue will also resolve with Pakistan’s withdrawal.”
He condemned the security forces for harassing the natives and subjecting them to body searches at numerous military check posts established in the city. He said, “While the security forces disrupt normal pace of life in Gilgit-Baltistan, they provide ample opportunities to the terrorists to orchestrate target killing and escape without any resistance.”
He said that the patrons of these terrorists, found among the ranks of Pakistani bureaucrats and military officials, play the well-rehearsed colonial game of divide and rule to weaken the natives in their demands for self determination. He opined that the so-called empowerment package has enabled such Pakistani officials to tighten their grip over the land and resources of Gilgit-Baltistan. He appealed to the natives to unify to regain control over local natural resources rather than relying on Pakistani handouts.
Press Release
Manzoor Hussain Parwana
Chairperson, Gilgit Baltistan United Movement (GBUM)
Skardo, Gilgit-Baltistan
September 3, 2010