Friday, December 27, 2013

UN asked to take notice of Gilgit Baltistan land occupation

SKARDU: The occupation on the boundary land of Gilgit-Baltistan by the people and government of KPK is an open violation of the international laws.
The taking over of the land belonging to the Gilgit-Baltistan cannot be justified under any law because the whole region is disputed and its status is yet to be determined by the United Nations, said Manzoor Hussain Parwana, the chairman of the Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement in a statement here.
He asked the United Nations to intervene and take notice of the attempts being made by the KP government to occupy the land in the Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan. He was of the view that the federal government would deprive the indigenous people of GB of its land by forming a so-called boundary commission, adding that the formation of the commission by Islamabad had no legal ground to decide about the land of the disputed area already on the agenda of the UN. The GBUM chief added that the Diamer dam was being built inside the territorial limits of Gilgit-Baltistan and the Bhasha village was also part of the area which had been included into territorial limits of KPK province under a conspiracy to deprive the people of GB of their right to get the full royalty of the mega dam upon its completion. Now more and more land is being occupied by the KPK government backed by Islamabad to give an impression that the whole Diamer dam was being in the territorial limits of the KPK province.
Mr Parwana  said that if the government of Pakistan was serious in completing the dam, it should name it only Diamer dam and give the royalty only to Gilgit-Baltistan otherwise the people of the area would not allow Islamabad to build the mega dam on its soil. He added that every child of Gilgit-Baltistan was behind the people of Thor-Diamer because it was not a local dispute over a piece of land rather the question of territorial boundary of the whole region.

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