The British parliament condemned Islamabad’s announcement that Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth border. It said the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu & Kashmir, India and illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.
The motion was sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman and tabled on March 23. It stated that Pakistan by making this announcement is implying its attempt to possess the disputed area.
The motion said, “Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression.”
It was also said that the attempts to change the demography of the region was in violation of State Subject Ordinance and the ‘forced and illegal construction’ of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which further aggravated and interfered with the disputed territory.
A Chinese foreign affairs ministry spokesperson said that Beijing is ready to work with Islamabad to improve the CPEC to help the people of both countries.
The CPEC is a $51.5 billion project which connects Kashgar in China’s western province of Xinjiang with the port of Gwadar in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.
1994 resolution on Gilgit-Baltistan should bring back
Meanwhile, Chairman of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool, Moulana Syed Athar Hussain Dehlavi asked the Central government to bring a resolution restating the 1994 Parliament declaration that PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan are part of India.
He told the reporters, “The GoI should bring a resolution in this session of the Parliament and unanimously pass it reiterating its stand that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, including PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan.”
On February 1994, both the Houses of the Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution which highlighted Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and that Pakistan must vacate parts of the state under its occupation.
He insisted on passing the 1994 resolution again “to show our resolve on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”.
He also wished for declaring Pakistan a terrorist state. “Pak, which is the biggest launching pad of terrorism, should be declared as a terrorist state. There is no need to hold talks with Pakistan.”