Pro-freedom leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Omer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement on Friday said that any proposal to declare Giglit Baltistan as fifth state of Pakistan is unacceptable. They said that Kashmir, Ladakh, Jammu, ‘Azad Kashmir’ and Giglit Baltistan is a single entity. The leadership said that political destiny about Jammu Kashmir is yet to be decided.
Declaring Pakistan as a prime party to Kashmir issue, the leadership said that people in Jammu & Kashmir have always regarded and accepted the role of Pakistan as a party to the issue, however any step which may hamper the disputed status of Kashmir is unacceptable.
“We hail the role of Pakistan regarding the issue in international flora, however any deviation in its stance about Kashmir & its geographical entity is improper & will prove detrimental for Kashmir cause,” the joint statement said.
The leadership expressed their serious concern about proposals of declaring of Giglit Baltistan as fifth province of Pakistan and said that it will have damaging impact over the disputed status of state.
They said that Jammu Kashmir is long standing issue in international forums and world community has agreed to decide its political destiny through resolutions acknowledged by UNO.
They said that unless & until the people of state are provided an opportunity to decide the future course of state through referendum, no division, alteration and changes are acceptable. Rejecting any idea of merging of its part or division of state, the leaders said that both India and Pakistan have no authority or right to alter the geographical status of state.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik expressed hope that Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Shareef will fulfill his commitment regarding the geographical entity of Jammu and Kashmir and will desist from annexing Giglit Baltistan as fifth state of Pakistan.—KR