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Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Gilgit-Baltistan belongs to Republic of India

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    New Delhi, May 27, 2018 18:57 IST
    Updated: May 27, 2018 21:08 IST
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...t-baltistan/article24006931.ece?homepage=true

    Indian Establishment on Sunday summoned the Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner to protest Islamabad’s order to integrate the region of Gilgit-Baltistan into the federal structure of the country.

    An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the region belongs to Indian Union and that Pakistan’s action has no legal support.

    “It was clearly conveyed that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir which also includes the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ areas is an integral part of Indian Union by virtue of its accession in 1947. Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable,” the official press release said.

    Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi moves to integrate region into federal structure.

    Ministry of External Affairs response came in the backdrop of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s speech to the Joint Session of the Gilgit-Baltistan Council and Legislative Assembly on Sunday. The executive order from Prime Minister Abbasi intends to begin legislative, judicial and administrative measures to integrate Gilgit-Baltistan with the rest of the federal structure of Pakistan. Mr Abbasi’s announcement has sparked several protests in the region.

    As per the previous arrangement, Pakistan’s National Assembly received representation from five provinces — Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This excluded the Gilgit-Baltistan region which remained on the Pakistani side following the war of 1947 and was governed directly from Islamabad. Following the declaration by Mr. Abbasi, the status of Gilgit-Baltistan is expected to change.


    The idea of granting provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan gained momentum since work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through the region, demanded greater coordination between the local and central-level leaders.

    India, which opposes the CPEC for reasons related to sovereignty, on Sunday reiterated its territorial claims over Gilgit-Baltistan and said Mr. Abbasi’s executive order to alter the status of the region will be against the position of the Indian Parliament which in 1994 passed a resolution in support of India’s claims over the undivided Jammu and Kashmir.

    “It was further conveyed that such actions can neither hide the illegal occupation of part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan occupied territories for the past seven decades,” the statement from the MEA said, asking Pakistan to vacate the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

    India’s sharp response coincided with the Afghan government’s rejection of the Pakistan National Assembly’s merger of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the weekend.




     
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    http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/na...-so-called-gilgit-baltistan-order/595821.html

    New Delhi, May 27

    India on Sunday summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah over Islamabad's so-called Gilgit-Baltistan order, and told him that any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under his country's forcible occupation has no legal basis.

    In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said it conveyed to Shah that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called 'Gilgit-Baltistan' areas, is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947.

    Through its order on Gilgit-Baltistan on May 21, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has seized more authority from the local council to deal with the affairs of the region.


    "Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable. Instead of seeking to alter the status of the occupied territories, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation," the MEA said.

    The ministry said it was also conveyed to the Pakistani deputy envoy that such actions can neither hide the illegal occupation of part of Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pakistan-occupied territories. - PTI
     
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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/intern...er-gilgit-baltistan-order/article24011636.ece
    Islamabad:, May 28, 2018 13:15 IST
    Updated: May 28, 2018 13:16 IST


    A complete strike was observed across Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday on the call of the joint Opposition to protest against the order.


    Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has rejected the Opposition’s protest against a new order relating to administrative control over Gilgit-Baltistan, saying he has no authority over the region after the devolution of all the powers to local representatives.

    Pakistan’s Cabinet on May 21 approved Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 which was also endorsed by the assembly of the region. The order is being seen as Islamabad’s efforts towards incorporating the disputed region as its fifth province.

    India on Sunday summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest over Islamabad’s latest move, saying any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under its “forcible and illegal occupation”.

    The order has also sparked several protests in the region.


    Mr. Abassi said that he as well as minister for Kashmir Affairs had no authority over the region after the devolution of powers.

    From today I as the prime minster and Barjees Tahir as federal minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan have become powerless as far as the affairs of Gilgit-Baltistan are concerned. All the powers have been shifted to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and no one can abolish the powers which we have transferred to them, Mr. Abassi said while addressing a joint session of the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Assembly and GB Council on Sunday.


    He said once powerful GB Council would function as an advisory body only.

    He said he was amazed that some oppositainst the law.

    “If they had listened, they would have noticed that all powers had already been transferred to local representatives under the Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018,” he said.


    Referring to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the premier expressed hope that the region would be the most prosperous and developed area of the country under the project.

    He said the international issues related to the region might go on, but it was a proud moment for the government as the people of Gilgit-Baltistan would have same rights which the people of other parts of the country enjoyed.

    When Mr. Abbasi was about to start his speech, Leader of the Opposition in GB Assembly Mohammad Shafi Khan stood up from his seat and interrupted the CM to say Gilgit-Baltistan people had principally rejected the order.

    How can GB be governed through orders? he asked.

    Mr. Khan announced that the opposition parties had decided principallparties had decided principally not to accept any order without constitutional protection.

    Other opposition members including Raja Jahanzeb of Tehreek-i-Insaf and Nawaz Naji of Balawaristan National Front stood up and shouted the slogan orders not accepted . The opposition lawmakers also tore the copies of the agenda.

    During the protest, a scuffle erupted between the opposition and ruling party members. The opposition parties later staged a walkout.

    Following the walkout by the opposition, the prime minister began his speech.
     
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    Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik meeting in Hyderpora on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad


    ‘Government must clarify what it wants to talk about and speak in one voice’


    In their first formal response to the Centre’s dialogue offer, Jammu and Kashmir leaders said on Tuesday that they were ready to join the talks if New Delhi offered more clarity.

    “Talks should keep in view the concerns of the stakeholders( citizens of undivided Jammu and Kashmir State ), especially the most affected party, and should be result-oriented. Any effort that the Government of India (GoI) takes in this direction will find takers in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Let the GoI provide clarity on what it wants to talk about and speak in one language... we are ready to join the process,” said a joint statement issued by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.

    The trio met at the residence of Mr. Geelani.

    “Ambiguous”

    “[Union Home Minister] Mr. Rajnath Singh says there should be dialogue with both Kashmir and Pakistan, but both ‘Kashmir and Kashmiri are ours.’ [External Affairs Minister] Ms. Sushma Swaraj puts a rider and says ‘no talks with Pakistan unless terror stops.’ [Prime Minister] Mr. Modi says development is the solution. All this ambiguity leaves little room for us to consider the dialogue seriously.”

    “J&K is a divided territory. This dispute has three stakeholders — Republic of India, Pakistan and China. Absence of any one stakeholder in the process will not yield any solution,” they said. Pakistan Establishment have rejected the dialogue offer and the ceasefire.

    Indian Establishment has specify the contours of the dialogue, “There is a perception that a chain of broken promises, repeated interruptions and palpable lack of honesty in the past were the reason for the failure of the earlier initiatives and the Indian Establishment has created a window of opportunity and should not once again be vague and hazy,” “The dialogue should be structured, sustained and sincere. It should go beyond the beaten track.”

    Govenment of India said the present situation could emerge as “a win-win deal.” “The leadership of the State has a chance to translate the ideas of dialogue and reconciliation into a living reality,”
     

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