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

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