Members of the European Parliament Disappointed With the Comments of Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan

January 11, 2010

BRUSSELS, January 11 /PRNewswire/ — A group of Members of the European
Parliament are extremely disappointed to note that the Pakistan media has
reported the newly elected Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan as saying that
his government would constitute a legal committee within a month to determine
whether the region could be given the status of Pakistan’s fifth province.

They would like to emphasise that Gilgit Baltistan has, for the first
time, been finally given a modicum of democracy after 1947. It is essential
that democratic institutions and the democratic ethos be allowed to take root
before seeking to hurriedly fashion the future status of the region. It
should not be forgotten that Gilgit Baltistan is part of the erstwhile
princely state of Jammu and Kashmir which Pakistan itself calls disputed
territory. Therefore unless the dispute is resolved and the people of Gilgit
and Baltistan freely decide how they wish to shape their future, it would be
highly irresponsible for any government of Gilgit Baltistan to seek to make
the region a province of Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan does not figure in the
territorial definition of Pakistan according to Pakistan’s own constitution
and making it a fifth province of Pakistan would be tantamount to forcible
annexation which the international community cannot countenance.

SOURCE Friends of Gilgit Baltistan, European Parliament

Source: newswire

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