November 2006 News

Inclusion Of NAs People In Kashmir Talks Stressed

26 November 2006
The Nation

Islamabad: The nationalist parties from Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir demanded of the government to include the leadership from Gilgit-Baltistan in the negotiations on future of Kashmir as they are also one of the stakeholders in the dispute. The demand was put forth at the seminar organised by All Parties National Alliance (APNA) in which all the nationalist parties from Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir participated.Through another resolution adopted at the seminar the leadership of these parties termed the Northern Areas Council a puppet in the hands of Federal Government and demanded a full-fledged legislative assembly on the pattern of AJK Assembly to give constitutional powers to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. The seminar was chaired by APNA Chairman Mirza Wajahat Hussain Khan while the programme was conducted by the Secretary General of the alliance Sardar Arif Shahid and Sardar Ishtiaq. Prominent among those who attended the seminar included Liberation League President Justice (Retd) Abdul Majid Malik, Liberation Front Chairman Amanullah Khan, NLF Chairman Shaukat Maqbool Butt, Liberation Front (Raouf Kashmiri Group) Chairman Sardar Raouf Kashmiri, Sabir Kashmiri, Karakurm National Movement leader Muhammad Iqbal and a number of other leaders.A number of resolutions were unanimously adopted in the seminar demanding of the government to include the leaders of Gilgit- Baltistan into the negotiation process on Kashmir dispute.They further demanded that both India and Pakistan should take out their armies from the occupied areas of Kashmir valley and let the people decide about their fate. They also demanded opening of Kargil-Skardu Road, and also demanded of the government to initiate work on the Astore-Sharda Road so that the link between the Kashmir and Northern Areas could be restored. They further demanded immediate halt on the upraising work on Mangla Dam and Basha-Diamir Dam. They further demanded of the government to grant the people of Gilgit-Baltistan the royalty of Sindh River and made it loud and clear that no negotiations on Siachen would be acceptable to them which would not include the will of people of the area. The participants of the seminar stressed the need of corrective step on part of the Federal Government to control the sectarian incidents in the area and demanded of the Government to arrest the culprits of the such incidents happened in the past. These leaders said that Jammu and Kashmir valley could not be divided and any decision made in this regard would not be acceptable to the people of Kashmir.

 

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