Kashmir Conference, Agenda's Top Point – Gilgit-Baltistan

Kashmir Conference, Agenda's Top Point – Gilgit-Baltistan

4 February 2011
Dardistan Times


Islamabad: Gilgit-Baltistan remained one of the top points of agenda in the National Kashmir Conference held here at Islamabad Hotel (IH) in Pakistan’s capital.The conference was held to observe solidarity with the suffering people of Kashmir. “It is an integral part of Kashmir” was the substance of all what the top speakers talked about Gilgit-Baltistan. The conference was attended by the leadership of AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) and Pakistan. It seems quite fuzzy to say something about the future of Gilgit-Baltistan. The international think-tanks foresee China’s influence in the region. Indo-Pak governments have their own explanations about what would be the fate of the 2 million people of the region. But what the Kashmir Conference was told about Gilgit-Baltistan seems quite interesting. Chairman Kashmir Committee and Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Moulana Fazlul Rehman told that Gilgit-Baltistan is an integral part of Kashmir. “Our party’s stance and policy about Gilgit-Baltistan has been quite clear and resolute – It is an essential part of Kashmir. This has been endorsed in the previous sessions of All Parties conference and I am pleased to reiterate it here” Fazlur Rehman told. Raja Farooq Haider, former Prime Minister-Chief Minister of Pakistani Azad Kashmir lamented that the Giglit-Baltistan Self Governance Ordinance is catalyst to damage the Kashmiri freedom moment. “Kashmiries are against all such ordinances that diverge their collective struggle. The Gilgit-Baltistan ordinance has negative impact on the independence moment of Kashmiries. Government of Pakistan is working contrary to the ‘Karachi Agreement’. Pakistan has to set a comprehensive policy regarding the Kashmir Issue.” He said. “If Gilgit-Baltistan is not entertained by the fundamental clauses of constitution of Pakistan then there is no rationale to have a Chief Minister and Governor. We do not recognize the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly” He elaborated. Movlana Atta Ullah Shahab, a legislator from Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly expressed his satisfaction that the conference would bridge the gaps between the Kashmiries and the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. “It is encouraging. We will come closer to each other. We are putting our heads together to modify the Self Governance Ordinance. If we do not get representation in the National Assembly of Pakistan, then we must have seats in AJK assembly.” Shahab said. The meeting was attended by Chairman Special Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, Maulana Fazalur Rehman, AJK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan, Amir JI Syed Munawar Hassan, former Ameer JI Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Secretary General JI Liaquat Baloch, Naib Amir JI Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmed, PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed, PML-N AJK Convener Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Jammu and Kashmir PP President Khalid Ibrahim Khan, PPP AJK President Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Liberation Front Supreme Head Amanullah Khan, Hurriyat leader Mehmood Saghir, Ghulam Muhammad Safi and others. Inayat Ullah Shimali (GBNA), Movlana Attaullah Shahab, Movlana Abdul Shammi and Mushtaq Advocate from Gilgit-Baltistan region attended the conference. National Kashmir Conference was organized by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Jamaat-e-Islami and was hosted by Amir JI AJK Abdul Rashid Turabi. Mumtaz Hussain Gohar, has contributed to this story from Islamabad, Pakistan. (The Dardistan Times)


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