February 2017 News

'Annexing Gilgit-Baltistan Would Be Detrimental To Pak Claim On Kashmir'

13 February 2017

Srinagar: Any changes in the status of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) would be detrimental to Pakistan's claim on Kashmir and would never be acceptable to the Kashmiri people, former Prime Minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has said. 'Kashmiris living on either side of the Line of Control (LoC) as well as in Ladakh, Aksai Chin and Gilgit-Baltistan are party to the Kashmir issue along with Pakistan and India,' Khan was quoted as saying in a report by Pakistan Today. Gilgit-Baltistan formed a part of undivided Jammu and Kashmir till 1947 when it came under the control of Pakistan along with Muzaffarabad and other parts of the state now known as 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir.' The Pakistan government is reportedly planning to annex Gilgit-Baltistan into Pakistan as its fifth province. Khan asserted that the Kashmiri people were the 'custodian of the freedom struggle and they would never allow anyone to surrender Kashmir to India.'